Hematite Facts and Buying Guide
by Sheweta Dhanuka
Hematite plays an indirectly a vital role in our day-to-day life as it is used as an important ore of iron. Iron is procured from Hematite and steel is procured from iron.
Hematite, also spelled hÃ¦matite, is the mineral form of Iron(III) oxide (Fe2O3), one of several iron oxides. Hematite crystallizes in the rhombohedral system, and it has the same crystal structure as ilmenite and as corundum.
Hematite Folklore, Legend and Healing Properties:
In ancient times it was believed that large deposits of hematite formed on battlegrounds where soldiers were injured and lost blood from their battles.
The ancient Egyptians placed hematite objects inside their tombs.
Hematite and Crystal Beaded Eye Glass Chain
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Hematite derives its name from the Greek word haema for blood. Thinly sliced hematite is a reddish color and, when rubbed against a scratch plate, hematite leaves a red streak.
~, in my experience, is one of the best crystals to use for the purpose of grounding. If you are feeling uncertain, anxious, or unhappy, the ultimate cause of your distress may be a disconnection from the physical plane.
Sources -- England is the best known supplier. Hematite is often fashioned into carvings, cameos, intaglios , and beads.
Overview: Hematite derives its name from the Greek word haem (blood ) in allusion to its red color. Hematite is a silvery, shiny opaque stone that almost looks like metal.
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A mineral (iron oxide) that has a dark steel grey color and a high luster. ~ is a popular component of fashion jewelry and has a hardness of 5 ½ to 6 ½ on the mohs scale.
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AA Gun metal gray, good polish, good cut.
England, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Brazil, New Zealand and the U.S.
Metallic grey, or black-gray, black or brownish red. When cut very thin, it is red and transparent.
~: Iron ore consisting of ferric oxide in crystalline form, hematite is silvery, shiny opaque stone that becomes a red powder when ground down. It manifests in splendent rhombohedral crystals that are very heavy and cold to the touch.
Is called the "stone of the mind". It helps with memory, with intellectual knowledge and the realizations of limitations. It is a calming stone and balances the nervous system or brings balance between the body, mind and spirit.
~ - An opaque mineral; yielding pigments when red and earthy; fashioned as intaglios and other carved gems when dark gray to black with metallic luster. The latter variety is translucent and red in very thin sections. Leaves red streak which identifies from most imitations.
~ - Brings self-confidence and promotes total anchoring of energies on Earth, eliminating mind limitations. Helps dissolve negativity. Its energy is said to reinvigorate the blood. Chakra: 1st and 8th ...
Beneficial to wear when working around computers, it is thought to protect against unionized radiation
~. Common iron oxide. Energizes the physical body. Grounding stone.
Howlite. Allows one to express emotions calmly and unoffensively.
An opaque mineral of iron oxide, ranging in color from deep grey to black metallic
A substance often used as a substitute for tortoiseshell which is from cow horns ...
A lustrous, opaque, blue-black to silvery gray mineral often used in jewelry. ~ is iron oxide (Fe2O3) and is found in England, Mexico, Australia, Brazil, and the Lake Superior region of North America.
~ is a lustrous, opaque, blue-black to silvery gray mineral that almost looks like metal. It is often used in jewelry as beads, faceted, carved or cut as a cabochon.
Coloured black to steel or silver grey, normally with a rust red streak. Highly polished and extremely popular in the Victorian era.
~ - an opaque gem which is dark gray to almost place in color. Non magnetic. (see lodestone) v
Inclusion - this is a small particle of foreign matter which is contained in a mineral. Many inclusions devalue a stone, but some are prized and make it more valuable - i.e.
~: is the mineral form of Iron(III) Oxide (Fe2O3), one of several iron oxides. It is a very common mineral, colored black to steel or silver-gray, brown to reddish brown, or red. It is mined as the main ore of iron.
Some call it the black diamond
Hardness: 5.5 to 6.5
Color: Grey to black, brown to red, and red with a metallic luster
Transparency: Sub-translucent to opaque
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~ has been called a "stone for the mind", helping one to sort out troubling issues on one's mind. It can be helpful in the enhancement of mental attunement, memory , original thinking and technical knowledge.
~ - (hemm'-ah-tite) An oxide of iron and one of the principal ores of that metal. It may be hard and black and opaque, when it is sometimes used as a gem, or it may be soft and bright-red, when it makes a pigment, especially in paints.
~ or HAEMATITE
Is the mineral form of iron oxide which has a rust red colouring. As gemstone beads they are quite striking and are usually heavy shiny and silvery black in colour.
~, or bloodstone, is an iron oxide. It ranges from black, black-gray, to brown red and is bright red when cut into thin plates. It's a 5 1/2-6 1/2 on the hardness scale and was used as mourning jewelry in earlier times. Popular for intaglios (engravings).
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Carbonates: The grouping CO3 identifies the carbonate gems such as rhodocrosite, malachite, calcite (CaCO3), and azurite. They are generally soft and often brightly colored. They dissolve readily in hydrochloric acid.
An oxide mineral of Iron, relatively hard and heavy. ~ enhances personal magnetism, will and courage. ~ is believed to be beneficial for blood flow, stress and the nerves.
Auchinlongford Mine, Sorn, Ayrshire
(Botryoidal "Kidney Ore" habit (65x60mms).
Mannoch Hill Mine, near Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire
Botryoidal "Kidney Ore" habit (65x45 mms).
~ as botryoidal formations resembling psilomelane occurs at the Philips Mine and as red coatings of magnetite. Slag-like specimens can be found at lower dumps and in the soil south of the mine road.
~"Iron oxide mineral of many forms including this "kidney ore."
Ilmenite"Black titanium ore lurks in heavy sands.
Kyanite"A sky-blue mineral formed by high-pressure metamorphism.
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The Meaning of ~:
Slightly grounding, reduces stress, enhances personal magnetism, optimism, will, courage. "Stone for the mind" it helps one to realize that the only limitations which exist are self-limiting concepts within the mind.
~ is a metallic appearing dark gray material that is cut into beads, cameos, intaglios and cabochons. It is actually an iron ore. It is quite heavy. Most ~ will be in the very affordable range.
A heavy, metallic gray to black gemstone used in beads and often in intaglios
A steely-gray crystal of iron oxide often used in men's jewelry. Thought to repel negative energy and promote optimism.
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Most distinguishing features:
Deep red streak and earthy lustre are indicative. SG may also be indicative.
If a mineral does not look like a metal and/or lets even a little light through (even just around the edges), then it is said to have a nonmetallic luster. Specimens can be further classified into different types of nonmetallic luster, but this can get somewhat subjective: ...
~ - Mohs Hardness: 6-6.5 - Treatment: None - Color: Blackish gray with a metallic luster Used as an ornamental stone since early times, ~ has sometimes erroneously been called black diamond. The ancient Egyptians used it to treat hysteria, to reduce inflammation and to place in tombs.
chalcopyrite, ~, anatase, rutile, quartz, feldspars, sphene
~:A very common mineral formed from iron ore. Also known as the Bloodstone, color ranges from black to brown to bright red and includes a rusty red streak.
Psilomelane Drusy: Indigo Blue (New Mexico USA)
Rainbow ~ Drusy: Rainbow, Brownish-Green (Brazil) *very rare
Rainbow Pyrite: Rainbow (Volga River, Russia)
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Randomly oriented ~ platelets exhibit interference colors under oblique illumination. The host is a very unusual sunstone from Tanzania. (Photos: Wimon Manorotkul) ...
Sunstone is metallic-looking due to sparkling red, orange or green crystalline inclusions (these are ~ or goethite crystals). Sunstone is found in Canada, the USA (in Oregon), India, Norway, and Russia. This brittle stone has a hardness of 6 and a specific gravity of 2.632.67.
A common mineral composed of iron oxide. Often grey or silver grey, ~ takes a nice mirror polish and makes attractive cabochons and beads.
A white or grey mineral composed of Calcium Boro-silicate Hydroxide.
Examples of such species include zincite (ZnO), tenorite (CuO), cuprite (Cu2O), rutile (TiO2), uraninite (UO2), corundum (Al2O3), ~ (Fe2O3), and magnetite (Fe3O4). Ice (H2O) provides an unusual example of a simple oxide in which hydrogen replaces a metal in order to act as the cation.
Massive - Having no discernable regular crystal form.
Massively Crystalline - Irregular form, showing crystal or cleavage faces, but with no euhedral crystals.
Matrix - The rock or mineral surrounding a particular crystal or group of crystals.
These accent beads can be magnetic ~ beads, or some type of non-magnetic bead. Higher quality necklaces will sport accents such as ~, freshwater pearls, or semi-precious stones in turquoise, cherry quartz, or agate.
~, a gemstone with a dark grey metallic sheen, became associated with the cleansing of kidney functions! When ~ is scratched on a rough surface, it leaves a telltale red streak that many believed resembled blood.
Black star sapphires owe their color to the mineral ~
Star sapphires occur in almost every color seen in transparent sapphires. The color of star sapphires is caused by the same trace elements that color their transparent counterparts.
Hemalyke is a synthetic ~ that is made by grinding up ~, adding a binder (glue) and then press-molding it. The stone is sometimes faceted. Hemalyke looks very much like natural ~ - it is very difficult to them apart.
About: This beauty is an iron oxide mineral with a hardness of 5 to 6. ~ derives its name from the Greek word for blood, haima. ~ if the major mineral in most iron ore deposits. ~ is a deep dark gray with a very shiny surface.
Inclusions of mica will give a silverish sheen, while inclusions of ~ give a reddish or grayish sparkle.
Aventurine ranges in color from green, peach, brown, blue and a creamy green. Besides its uses in jewelry, aventurine is also used for ornamental purposes like vases, bowls, and figurines.
Psilomelane, sometimes known as Black ~, is a group name for hard black manganese oxides such as hollandite and romanechite. Psilomelane consists of hydrous manganese oxide with variable amounts of barium and potassium.
The effect caused by small inclusions of minerals like mica, ~, pyrite, or goethite which cause a gemstone to exhibit a glistening or sparkling effect when rotated or moved. The name is derived from aventurine, a green variety of quartz. (Pronounced: ah-ven-shur-ess-ense) ...
Aventurine is sometimes found in a reddish brown color, which is caused by inclusions of goethite or ~.
Green aventurine quartz is often dyed or sold as jade or nephrite jade. Selling it as any variety of jade is completely forbidden. Real jade is very rare in these colors.
A mixture of finely granulated corundum, magnetite, ~, ilmenite, and quartz.
Used on tapered spindles to sand the inside of rings.
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1.5.4. Oxides. The oxide minerals contain various cations (not associated with a polyanion) and oxygen. Examples are ~ (Fe2O3) and magnetite (Fe3O4).
One of the technical terms used to refer to the luster of a gemstone. A gemstone that is reflective like polished metal is said to have a metallic luster. ~ is one of the rare examples.
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Most Aventurine is reddish brown to yellow in color with shimmering metallic particles called mica throughout the stone. If there are any red or brown particles in Aventurine, it is caused by ~ platelets.
Include diamond, beryl, emerald, chalcedony, agate, onyx, tourmaline, chrysolite, sapphire, ruby, spinel, topaz, turquoise, zircon, cubic zirconia, jacinth, hyacinth, carbuncle, amethyst, alexandrite, cat's eye, bloodstone, ~, jasper, moonstone, sunstone, and many others.
A mineral of which the natural forms is in the shape of a rose, e.g. the 'Alpine rose' formed by ~ and the 'Desert rose' formed by a variety of gypsum.
A rose diamond.
An ornament of ivory cut in the form of a rose, first made at Dieppe, France, and later at Erbach, Germany.
Most often druzy encrustations are found in the center of quartz ( chalcedony, amethyst, citrine or agate) geodes but they are also found on the surface of non quartz minerals such as Chrysacola, Cobalto Pink Calcite, Uvarovite Green Garnet, Black Garnet and Rainbow ~ or Rainbow Pyrite as ...
Diamonds, brilliant, beryl, emerald, chalcedony, agate, heliotrope, onyx, plasma, tourmaline, chrysolite, sapphire, ruby, synthetic ruby, spinel, spinelle, oriental topz, turqouise, zircon, cubic zirconia, jacinth, hyancinth, carbuncle, amethyst, alexandrite, cat's eye, bloodstone, ~, jasper, ...
Some other sunstone gems are also found in India and Tanzania. The Indian sunstone shows a coarser sparkle in the shiller that is present in the stones when compared to the Oregon stones. It is said that the source of the shiller in the Indian stones are included crystals of ~.
Tabular - short and flat (table-like), like morganite
Ocatahedral - eight faces, like diamond
Dodecahedral - 12 faces, like garnet
Acicular - needle-shaped, like rutilated quartz
Platy - occurring in very thin plates, like ~ ...
It occurs when specific moisture and temperature conditions within the rock trigger a chemical weathering process that transforms hypersthene into a new, opaque stone with a submetallic lustre. Bronzite takes its names from the inclusion of highly reflective minerals like ~ and goethite, ...
They came in many forms, including gold, being modeled in clay and glazed with green or carved from stone. The stones could range from soapstone, serpentine, lapis lazuli, ~, carnelian, jasper or whatever gem its owner could afford.
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