Hematite has several varieties, each with their own
Hematite Rose is a circular arrangment of bladed crystals
giving the appearance of the flower of a rose.
Tiger Iron is a sedimentary deposit of approximately
2.2 billion years old that consists of alternating layers
of silver gray hematite and red jasper, chert or even
tiger eye quartz.
Kidney Ore is the massive botryoidal form and gives
the appearance of lumpy kidney-like masses.
Oolitic Hematite is a sedimentary formation that has
a reddish brown color and an earthy luster and is composed
of small rounded grains.
Specularite is a micaceous or flaky stone that is sparkling
silver gray and sometimes used as an ornamental stone.
Hematite is an important ore of iron and it's blood
red color (in the powdered form) lends itself well in
use as a pigment. Hematite gets its name from a greek
word meaning blood-like because of the color of its
powder. Ancient superstition held that large deposits
of hematite formed from battles that were fought and
the subsequent blood that flowed into the ground. Crystals
of Hematite are considered rare and are sought after
by collectors as are fine Kidney Ore specimens.