Rough hematite with a tabular crystal habit. This name is believed to come from 'tablet' because the shape of the crystals is thin and flat.
This piece which comes from South Africa has a metallic lustre. In our photos we've used indirect light which has created a subtle sparkle.
Hematite the mineral form of iron oxide was named by Theophrastus (ancient Greek philosopher) around 300 BC. He named it 'haimatitēs lithos' meaning 'blood-red stone' which is believed to have come about because of its red streak.
The prefix 'haema' which means blood is used in many medical terms. One example is hemoglobin (or haemoglobin) the protein in red blood cells that contains iron. Hemoglobin transports oxygen around the body.
Hematite can also be spelt haematite which is pronounced heematite.