Hematite is an iron ore highly popular in bead and jewelry designs. Nearly all Hematite beads on the market are man made materials (ours too), but are still an iron ore and have the same chemical make up as natural hematite. The name Hematite stems from the greek word "Haem" for blood as natural hematite holds a reddish tint, while commercially available hematite beads do not. Hematite has been used for eons, even by pre-historic man for cave paintings. Man Made Hematite is often magnatized and used in magnetic therapy jewelry. Hematite beads look great with Swarovski crystal or fire polished beads!