Rough hematite mineral with a tabular crystal habit. The name tabular is said to come from 'tablet' because the shape of the crystals is thin and flat.
This hematite mineral 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 first named by Theophrastus (Ancient Greek philosopher and successor to Aristotle) around 300 BC. He named it 'haimatitēs lithos' meaning 'blood-red stone' which is believed to have come about because of its red streak. In mineralogy streak refers to a mineral in powdered form.
The prefix 'haema' which means blood is used in many medical terms. One example is hemoglobin (or haemoglobin) which is the protein in red blood cells that contains iron. Hemoglobin basically transports oxygen around the body.
The mineral hematite can also be spelt haematite which is pronounced heematite.