So, can we take ordinary hematite/hemalyke and magnetize it?
Um, Betty, what is hemalyke? Hematite is a natural stone, composed
of iron oxide. Is hemalyke an imitation of it? Or some odd marketing
term you've found? It's not a name I've seen in any of the gemological
If it's an imitation, then who knows if it's magnetic. Depends on
what it is. If glass, then no. If pressed steel, (which can look
surprising like hematite once set in silver), then perhaps yes (not
all steel is magnetic)
As to hematite itself and magnetism, hematite is not magnetic, nor
is it attracted by a magnet. You cannot magnetize it like your
scissors. While it, like magnetite, is iron oxide, the formulas
aren't the same. Magnetite is 46e3O4, while Hematite is Fe2O3.
Aside from magnetite, the only other mineral which is noticably
magnetic is pyrrhotite, FeS.