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So what is so cool about Hematite you ask? Well, it's cold! Hematite is cold to the touch.
It is a steel gray to black but its powder is red. The name Hematite comes from the Greek word for blood due to its red powder. And it was used for years to make red-colored chalk.
You will notice when you pick a stone up how heavy it is and that is because it is the mineral form of iron oxide. Hematite is approx. 70% iron.
Hematite is Alabama’s state mineral. The link below shows a really cool red specimen from the University of Alabama.