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Name:Hematite
Derivation:From "haimatos" (Greek) blood - because one form is the colour of blood
Formula: Fe2O3
Description: There are several different formas of Hematite. There is the dull red, opaque, dull, botryoidal (or blobby) form. There is a very shiny, dark metal (which is sometimes a crystal), and there is Rainbow Hematite, which shimers with colour.

Metallic Hematite Hematite is an important iron ore. It is an important pigment as well. Known as "red ochre", it has been used for cave paintings, painting faces and bodies throughout the world, paint pigment, and even modern lip-stick! Iron was the metal of Mars, the Roman god of war, because weapons were made of iron, and red Hematite was the colour of blood. The planet Mars is red, and it has been discovered in modern times that this is because of the iron compounds on the surface of Mars.

The photographs below show three different forms of Hematite, Rainbow Hematite, a metallic Hematite crystal and red Hematite.

Rainbow Hematite Hematite crystal Red Hematite

Larger pictures of Hematite:

Here are two specimens of red Hematite in botryoidal form, with their under sides as well.

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Red Hematite with some crystals of quartz.

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This is Rainbow Hematite.

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This is a cluster of crystals of metallic Hematite.

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This is polished metallic Hematite (tumbled).

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This is Tiger Iron, Hematite with some Tiger's Eye.

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