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Hematite Rings Have a Cool Luster

Hematite is one of the few gemstones that exhibits a metallic luster. Beautiful, right? It is remarkably dense and possesses an extremely high refractive rate. In some scenarios, hematite’s refractive index is much higher than zircon or even diamond. When it is highly polished, it can sometimes take on an appearance similar to silver. Hematite is always opaque and typically takes on a blackish-gray color. To put it simply, hematite is a really cool looking gemstone.

Derived from the Greek word for blood, haima, Hematite’s color can turn to red when thinly sliced or ground into powder. It can be found in many locations around the world. Some more significant sources include Brazil, England, Italy and the United States, including Minnesota. Fresh hematite, coming right up! NASA has even found hematite on Mars – how neat is that?

A very distinct gem, Hematite has very unique luster and is nearly impossible to confuse with other types of stones. When cut and polished it is shiny and metallic, but when un-worked, red to brown-red will show up in it. Harder than pure iron, its hardness is pretty close to opal or turquoise.