The Kylee is a made-to-order piece that begins with a carefully chosen pieces of hematite that are rigorously inspected by a geologist to ensure that they meet our quality standards. Next, it is cut and drilled into star beads, and electroplated to give the beads their color. It's then wire wrapped by hand, and strung on your choice of silver or gold chain; every Kylee is made by hand in Austin, Texas, USA by our artisans that are paid ethical, living wages. Before each is sent out, they are inspected again for quality, and carefully packaged. What's more? In crystal healing, Hematite is often referred to as a protective stone, it promotes courage, vitality, and optimism. Hematite has long been used in Chinese medicine to aid in strengthening the immune system and combatting certain illnesses.