Handmade maasai-style bracelet made from glass seed beads, hematite, 6 mm black jasper beads. 2 bracelets included in the set: one is made of all seed glass beads and hematite, and the other is seed glass beads, hematite, and black jasper.
About hematite: This is a mineral that is mined from iron mines in various parts of the world. The name "hematite" in Greek means blood, as the powdered form of it (as well as when it is deliberately scratched, scraped or polished) appear like blood. Hematite was first used thousands of years ago. In fact, one of its key historical uses was as a pigment in ancient Egypt. Egyptians used this mineral as a coloring agent in pottery to give them shades of brown or red, and then later, used in varied paints. Due to its high iron content, it has excellent magnetic properties as well.
About jasper: Jasper is an opaque form of chalcedony, a microcrystalline variety of quartz. It's one of the most common gemstones on earth and can be found in virtually every color of the rainbow and many spectacular patterns. Black jasper is the hardest color to find in nature. Jasper is a fairly hard stone. The Mohs mineral hardness scale ranks minerals on a scale of 1 to 10, and jasper has a Mohs hardness of 6.5 to 7. Jasper is found in several countries around the world, including Madagascar, which is an African island located off the east coast of Southern Africa.