What is Hematite?
Hematite is an iron oxide mineral that is known for its metallic luster and varying shades of black and steel to silver-grey. It’s primarily found in Brazil, Venezuela, and Canada. Hematite has been used for centuries for both decorative and functional purposes, including in jewelry and as a pigment.
Hematite is a metallic grey mineral that is highly valued for its reflective surface and its ability to be magnetized. It’s often used in jewelry and has been used historically as a pigment in paints. Its metallic luster and reflective qualities make it a popular choice for mirrors and other decorative items.
|Chemical Classification||Inorganic - Oxide|
|Color||Ranges from pale yellow to brownish-orange.|
|Occurrence||Brazil, Madagascar, and Russia.|
|Formation||Typically found in hydrothermal veins and pegmatites.|
|Specific Gravity||Approximately 2.65.|
|Diagnostic Properties||Metallic or earthy luster, red streak.|
|Optical Properties||Uniaxial (-)|
|Refractive Index||2.940 - 3.220|
|2V angle||Not applicable (isometric)|
|Dispersion||0.013 (similar to other quartz varieties).|