Hemalyke is the trade name for reconstituted hematite but the former is less brittle and thus more beader-friendly. It is said to be a protective stone and helps self-esteem.
The spiral is a positive symbol found all over the world and has meanings in many different cultures and belief systems. It is visually pleasing and often said to represent the cycle of life: the cycles of time, the seasons, cycle of birth, growth, death and then rebirth. To some ancient cultures a spiral was representative of infinity; a symbol of constant motion, balance and awareness. It could also have the meaning of energy radiating outward or inward (a spiral can go both ways depending on how you’re looking at it). I like to think of it as a symbol of strength and energy!
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