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Hematite intaglio…don’t those two words go so eloquently together?

They also look pretty amazing together as well.

What is it exactly?

Hematite is a type of stone. A mineral form of iron oxide, it is mined as the main ore of iron, and is found in colours from black to steel or silver-gray, brown to reddish-brown, or red.

It was most popular in Europe during the Victorian era, which makes it even more alluring (well to me anyway).

Intaglio on the other hand, is a technique used in art, whereby an image is created by engraving into a flat surface.

I made this ring with a hematite intaglio, which seems to resemble an ancient armoured soldier’s side profile…or something like that.

Hematite intaglio ring by Benjamin Black Goldsmiths

Hematite intaglio ring by Benjamin Black Goldsmiths.

It’s a little different for me, but I love both hematite and the art of intaglio, so it seemed like a perfect marriage.

What do you think? Are you familiar with hematite and/or intaglio? I’d love to hear your thoughts. 

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