The Mineral Hematite
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Hematite, which is an iron (III) oxide in the form of minerals, is a familiar mineral. The minute quantity of hematite present in minerals like Garnet, Spinel and to a certain limit in Ruby, gives them the red coloration. When the mineral Limonite loses its water content perhaps on account of heat, it gets transformed into a non-crystalline form of hematite.

Hematite however, frequently considered as a crystal (particularly in Feng Shui circles), it is but a mineral of iron oxide and not a crystal.

In the form of banded iron, large deposits of Hematite are obtained. Gray hematite occurs where the water is stagnant or as minerals in hot springs like the Yellowstone National Park of North America. The mineral settles down in the water as sediments and gets collected in the form of layers at the bottom of a spring or lake, and other stagnant water parts. Otherwise, it occurs in the absence of water due to volcanic movement.

Crystals are obtained in thin plates and also in the form of packed tiny micaceous plates; the other forms are thin splinters, as a pseudomorph of minerals such as the octahedral crystals of Magnetite.

Hematite crystals of clay-size are obtained as a minor mineral that occurred as a result of the soil’s weathering process, It occurs simultaneously with other iron oxides or as goethite which is an oxyhydroxide, Many tropical, greatly weathered or old soil get their red color because of this heamitite.

mineral hematite

mineral hematite

Derivation Of Name
Hematite derived its name from the Greek word which meant blood. The origination of the name hematite is dual. The external appearance of hematite is glittering black, but if the stone is broken (which is difficult!), the inner fracture is profound blood red in color.

The name Hematite perhaps is also a result of the great amount of iron obtained in it (about 70%), because of this, hematite is recognized as a healing stone for ailment related to blood.

In the beginning almost 300 to 325 BCE, Theophrastus of Greek Ατματιτης, gave it the name for blood stone. In 79 it was translated by Elder and Pliny as Haematites, “like blood” with reference to the brilliant red color of its powder. The current name given by the authors made is simpler by removing the ‘a’ and making the spelling simpler as hematite, which more or less resembles the base “haeme”

Chemical Formulae
Iron Oxide Fe2O3

Physical characteristics
Color is Steel-gray tending to black in especially crystalline ores and crystals, In fine-grained, compact, earthly material it is dull to bright "rust-red “color.

  • Luster - Metallic, Dull, Sub-Metallic, Earthy
  • Transparency- Opaque
  • Fracture - Sub-Conchoidal, Uneven/Irregular.
  • Hardness No. 5-6 Mohs
  • Associated minerals

The prolonged use of Hematite has made it a very powerful healing stone for a great number of ailments. It gives you relief from cramps right up to high fever. You can experience the power of hematite on your own by purchasing one. Hematite is cheaply available.

Mythical Uses
The energy possessed by Hematite is powerful and it has a foundation; just by gripping the stone in your hand, you become energetic, besides you become calm and cool and it helps you to build up concentration and focus on what you are at. In a nutshell, the energy sought by hematite is powerful grounding, strong and of quality. It performs by your thoughts, discards all the mess and clears your mind.
According to Feng Shui, hematite gives you protection, calmness and a good foundation.

In addition, hematite is energizing (it balances your energy), therefore it is frequently seen in fen Shui jewelry.
In the market, you get a good collection of hematite in diverse carvings and of course, in jewelry too. As regards to jewelry, be certain you are getting it from a reliable crystal shop to be certain that it is hematite and not synthetic (if so you will be deprived of its properties)

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