Hematite gemstone

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Physical properties of hematite

Hardness: 5.5-6.5 out of 10 on the Mohs scale
Luster: strong metallic
Transparency: opaque
Color: black, blue-gray

Characteristics of hematite

Hematite (bloodstone, sanguine, black diamond, red iron ore, iron roses) is a very unusual gemstone that looks like gore. Translated from Greek, hematite translates as "bloody". In Russia, he was called that - "krovavik", and the name "sanguine" in Latin means all the same blood.

Hematite. Gem. Stones Hematite ring with hematite

Hematite occurs in the form of scaly and leafy masses (iron roses), streaks (red glass head) and less often crystals. Hematite plates can be translucent, and the sheen of the stone is metallic.

Sometimes the color of hematite can be almost black, which is where another name came from - "black diamond". And red-brown varieties of hematite are called red iron ore.

By the way, hematite has magnetic and conductive properties, since in fact this mineral is iron oxide.

Already in ancient Egypt, hematite was very popular. Various gems, brooches, beads, pendants and necklaces were made from it.

Hematite is a bit like black pearl, but this gemstone is denser and harder. What made hematite quite famous and bought. Well-polished balls of hematite look much more spectacular than the black pearl itself.

How much is hematite

Hematite is an inexpensive gemstone. A hematite necklace can be purchased for $26.

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See also: Coral gemstone
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