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Plated hematite is our latest bead crush!
Posted by Dakota Stones to Articles
Plated hematite is our latest bead crush. It has the distinct feel of hematite combined with the versatility of copper, bronze, silver and gold tones in both matte and bright finishes.
 



Our plated hematite has some distinct features:

Yes, it's hematite under that coating! We wanted our beads to be higher quality than the commonly found "hemalyke" or plated metal beads that masquerade as hematite. So, yes, under that plating is hematite, not a substitute with similar weight. 

Speaking of Plating...
              2mm Flat Square Chip

We did that differently, too. We chose a higher quality plating process to insure that the metal coating won't chip, fade, flake, or degrade with time and use. (One of our pet peeves in plated and galvanized beads, whether metal, glass, or stone.)




Plus, Unique, On-Trend, and Versatile Cuts.

We wanted options that transcended the hematite shapes we'd already seen everywhere. So we opted for everything from itty bitty rounds and heishi beads, to square chips and faceted cubes. We thought it was worth paying a bit more to play with the potential in plated hematite as a substitute for traditional metal beads.
Silver Plated Hematite
Gold Plated Hematite
Gun Metal Plated Hematite
Green Plated Hematite
Copper Plated Hematite
"Pyrite Color" Plated Hematite

On a Personal Note: Why I'm Ditching Metal for Plated Hematite.

1)   Price and Quality. Plated metal is relatively cheap, but it's inconsistent and prone to wear. I have some gold plating that looks pretty good, and others that are various shades of brassy gold. Silver plating seems to come in about 8 different shades, too. Gold-filled, silver-filled, or sterling are consistent, but not viable for the price point I want to keep my finished designs. If I've learned one thing after two decades of beading it's that you do, indeed, get what you pay for, and paying a bit more for hematite keeps quality up and cost down.

2)   More Versatile. Most of the styles will look great whether they're used as spacers or continuous lengths. Three or four strung strands in almost any combination of cut and color make a low-labor necklace or bracelet. It's a great way to fill out my available product before a show, when I'm pushed for time and want to design some easy sellers.

3)   It Just Feels Good. Have you ever let a few strands of hematite cascade down your hands? The physical weight and texture of hematite is the BEST.
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4)   Personality. I've been amazed how the look of my design changes based on the cut of the hematite. The 2mm hexagons and chips are my new go-to spacers in designs that need a little something to amp up the design. When a design needs something more rounded, I'm consistently preferring 2 and 3mm wheel and heishi beads to seed beads or metal rounds. The 4mm square chips have been amazing to work with as spacers, or grouped together in stringing or wire wrapped designs.

5)   It's stone. Many of my customers have at least a passing interest in the idea that their purchase may have some metaphysical properties. Including hematite gives me additional talking points and added benefits for my customers. Since hematite has a more mainstream history in this area, it's also a more accessible concept.

                                                                         - Erin, Dakota Stones
 
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