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Hematite - Namibia to USA

Posted by Rock Currier  
avatar Hematite - Namibia to USA
August 28, 2010 11:53PM
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HematiteNamibiaKhomas Region, Windhoek District, Seeis, Ogonja (Onganja), Emke Mine

Hematite ~10cm wide




HematiteNew ZealandNorth Island, Ohakune

Hematite FOV 1.2cm




HematiteNorwayAkershus, Nittedal, Bjønndalen quarry

Hematite 1cm wide




HematiteNorwayBuskerud, Modum, Snarum, Dypingdal Serpentine-magnesite deposit

Hematite in/on Lizardite 2.5cm wide
Hematite in/on Lizardite 2.5cm wide


HematiteNorwayTelemark, Kragerø, Langøy, Rødløgen prospect

Hematite on matrix 5.5cm wide




HematitePakistanNorthern Areas, Baltistan, Skardu District, Haramosh Mts., Tormiq valley (Tormic; Tormik; Tormig; Turmiq)

Hematite 10cm tall




HematitePakistanNorthern Areas, Baltistan, Skardu District, Shigar Valley, Alchuri (Alchori; Aschudi)

Hematite 2.1cm wide




HematitePakistanNorthern Areas, Baltistan, Skardu District, Skardu Road

Hematite & Quartz, 5cm tall




HematitePortugalLeiria District, Óbidos, Senhora da Luz

11cm Hematite rose with Prehnite & Tremolite




HematitePortugalSetúbal District, Santiago do Cacém, Cercal (Cercal do Alentejo), Serra do Rossalgar Mine

Hematite 8cm wide




HematitePortugalSetúbal District, Sesimbra, Zambujal

Hematite ~5.5cm wide
Hematite ~7cm wide


HematiteRomaniaCaras-Severin Co., Banat Mts, Ocna de Fier-Dognecea District, Dognecea (Dognácska; Dognaczka)

Hematite "coolie hats" 5.3cm tall
Hematite "coolie hats" ~3cm wide


Hematite "coolie hats" ~7cm wide
Hematite xls, largest ~2cm


This locality is mentioned in many old mineralogy texts for its outstanding hematite specimens. The "coolie hats" are unique to this locality as far as I know, and are now rarely seen in collections.

HematiteRomaniaMaramures Co., Cavnic (Kapnic; Kapnik), Cavnic Mine (Kapnikbánya)

Hematite, Stibnite & Baryte 6cm wide




HematiteRussiaEastern-Siberian Region, Prebaikalia (Pribaikal'e), Irkutskaya Oblast', Zheleznogorsk, Korshunovskoye (Korzunovskoe; Korzhunovska; Korshunovskiy) Iron mine

Hematite 6cm wide
Hematite 7cm wide


HematiteRussiaFar-Eastern Region, Primorskiy Kray, Dal'negorsk (Dalnegorsk; Tetyukhe; Tjetjuche; Tetjuche), Nikolaevskiy Mine

Hematite replacing Ilvaite & Quartz 5cm




HematiteRussiaUrals Region, Middle Urals, Ekaterinburgskaya (Sverdlovskaya) Oblast', Ekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk)

Hematite 5cm wide




HematiteRussiaUrals Region, Middle Urals, Ekaterinburgskaya (Sverdlovskaya) Oblast', Ekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk), Shabry (Schabry) Village

Hematite ~5cm tall




HematiteSouth AfricaNorthern Cape Province, Kalahari manganese fields

Hematite & Calcite 3.3cm wide




HematiteSouth AfricaNorthern Cape Province, Kalahari manganese fields, Black Rock, Black Rock Mine

Hematite & Calcite 3.6cm tall




HematiteSouth AfricaNorthern Cape Province, Kalahari manganese fields, Hotazel, Wessels Mine (Wessel's Mine)

Hematite & Calcite 4.1cm tall
Hematite 2.8cm wide


Hematite & Andradite 4.2cm tall
Hematite & Andradite 4.2cm tall


Hematite & Barite 5.8cm tall
Hematite 4cm tall


Hematite 4.4cm tall
Hematite & Andradite 10cm tall


Hematite 10.7cm tall
Hematite 4.8cm tall


Hematite & Andradite 3.7cm wide
Hematite & Calcite 3.6cm tall


The Wessels mine is a manganese mine and did not produce abundant hematite specimens. Though most of the specimens were not very large, some of them are truly wonderful and the association with micro red Andradite garnets is distinctive. Any collector would be proud to own a fine specimen of hematite from this mine.


HematiteSouth AfricaNorthern Cape Province, Kalahari manganese fields, Kuruman, N'Chwaning Mines

Hematite 3.8cm wide
Hematite 3.4cm wide


HematiteSpainAsturias, Oviedo, Latores

Hematite on limestone 2.4cm
3cm Hematite "rose" on limestone


HematiteSwedenVärmland, Filipstad, Långban

Hematite 8cm wide




HematiteSwitzerlandGrischun (Grisons; Graubünden), Vorderrhein Valley, Tujetsch (Tavetsch)

Hematite & Quartz 7cm tall
Hematite 4cm tall


Hematite & Rutile ~3.5cm wide
Hematite 4cm wide


HematiteSwitzerlandGrischun (Grisons; Graubünden), Vorderrhein Valley, Tujetsch (Tavetsch), Curnera Valley, Cavradi gorge

Hematite, Quartz & Rutile 7.5cm wide
Hematite, Quartz & Rutile 5.4cm wide


Hematite & Rutile ~6cm wide
Hematite & Rutile ~4.5cm wide


Hematite, Quartz & Rutile ~4cm tall
Hematite on Quartz ~9cm wide
Hematite, Quartz & Rutile 4.5cm wide


Hematite, Quartz & Rutile ~6cm wide




HematiteSwitzerlandTicino (Tessin), Leventina, Central St Gotthard Massif

Hematite 6.3cm wide


Hematite "rose" on matrix ~4cm wide
Hematite on Adularia 3.6 cm wide


Hematite ~9cm wide
Hematite & Adularia 3cm


Hematite ~9cm wide
Hematite & Albite ~8cm wide


Hematite & Adularia ~10cm tall
Hematite & Audlaria ~6.5cm wide
Hematite ~5cm wide


HematiteSwitzerlandTicino (Tessin), Leventina, Central St Gotthard Massif, Fontana, Fibbia Mt.

Hematite & Adularia 8cm tall
Hematite on matrix 5.3cm tall


Hematite 8.6cm wide
Hematite on Quartz 7cm wide


HematiteSwitzerlandWallis (Valais), Binn Valley, Chummibort, Ritter pass

Hematite "iron rose" on matrix ~20cm wide



This specimen was found to be fake, glued together a century or so ago. It is no longer in display in Bern1.
1.See page 52 'Die Mineralien der Schweiz' by Max Weibel, Stefan Graeser, Walter F. Oberholzer, Hans-Anton Stalder & Walter Gabriel1990, Birkhauser Verlag, Basel



HematiteSwitzerlandWallis (Valais), Binn Valley, Lercheltini (Lärcheltini) area

Hematite ~5cm wide




HematiteUnited KingdomEngland, Cornwall, Lanivet Area, St Austell District, Lostwithiel, Restormel Royal Iron Mine (Trinity Mine)

Hematite 7.5cm tall




HematiteUnited KingdomEngland, Cornwall, St Just District, Botallack - Pendeen Area, Pendeen, Geevor Mine

Hematite 10cm wide




HematiteUnited KingdomEngland, Cumbria

Hematite 3.3cm tall
Hematite 10.9cm wide


Hematite 7.3cm wide



The iron mines of Cumberland, England supplied the iron that helped get the industrial age started and besides the millions of tons of iron it produced, the mines produced wonderful specimens of hematite for generations. At one time they were very abundant and sold by the pound at modest prices. Best known perhaps were the fine specimens of reinform masses often called kidney ore that ranged in color from black to brick red and were found in specimens exceeding 20 cm in diameter. In addition specimens of shiny pyramidal, sometimes doubly terminated quartz crystals growing on a carpet of shiny black hematite crystals. Today fine specimens are difficult to obtain in spite of the tons of specimens that were produced. Many fine examples of these specimens are shown above and below.



HematiteUnited KingdomEngland, Cumbria, North and Western Region (Cumberland), West Cumberland Iron Field

Hematite 6cm tall
Hematite 8.6cm wide


Hematite 4.5cm wide
Hematite & Quartz ~17cm wide


HematiteUnited KingdomEngland, Cumbria, North and Western Region (Cumberland), West Cumberland Iron Field, Cleator Moor

Hematite & Quartz ~14cm wide
Hematite ~14cm wide


Hematite & Quartz ~11cm wide




HematiteUnited KingdomEngland, Cumbria, North and Western Region (Cumberland), West Cumberland Iron Field, Egremont

Hematite 14cm wide
Hematite, 7cm tall


Hematite & Dolomite 13.5cm wide
Hematite 6cm wide


Hematite 14cm tall
Hematite 7.2cm wide



HematiteUnited KingdomEngland, Cumbria, North and Western Region (Cumberland), West Cumberland Iron Field, Egremont, Florence Mine

Hematite & Quartz, 10.5cm wide
Hematite & Quartz 10cm wide


Hematite 11cm wide
Hematite & Quartz 9cm wide


Hematite 10.6cm wide
Hematite 13.8cm wide


Hematite & Quartz 5.6cm




HematiteUnited KingdomCumbria, North and Western Region (Cumberland), West Cumberland Iron Field, Egremont, Beckermet Mine

Hematite & Quartz 5cm tall
Hematite & Quartz, 6cm tall


Hematite & Quartz, 5cm wide
Hematite, Quartz & Calcite 5cm


HematiteUnited KingdomEngland, Cumbria, North and Western Region (Cumberland), West Cumberland Iron Field, Egremont, Ullcoats Mine

Hematite 9cm tall




HematiteUnited KingdomEngland, Cumbria, North and Western Region (Cumberland), West Cumberland Iron Field, Frizington

Quartz & Hematite 15cm wide




HematiteUnited KingdomEngland, Cumbria, South Western Region (Furness)

Hematite "needle ore" largest ~11cm wide




HematiteUnited KingdomEngland, Somerset, Wells, Dulcote Quarry

Hematite? in Quartz 14.5cm wide



Often hematite and other fine grained iron minerals are responsible for the coloration in many agates and other forms of chalcedony. This is but one modest example, though admittedly from an unusual locality. The analysis of these fine grained limonitic and earthy forms of iron minerals is not an easy task and it is doubtful in this and almost every case of similar specimens pictured on mindat and other sources that a careful analysis has been made minerals responsible for the color. The reason is simple. The cost of doing these analysis would be more than the value of the specimen. So, the people writing the captions for images, like myself, take the cost effective way out and say that they are colored by hematite, or iron minerals. I have many beautiful agates in my collection and to my knowledge not even one of them has ever been analysed to show for sure what their color is caused by. This will be the case of almost all specimens of colored chalcedony in the world.



HematiteUnited KingdomScotland, Strathclyde (Ayrshire), Sorn, Auchenlongford Hematite Mine

Hematite 10cm wide




HematiteUnited Arab emiratesAbu Dhabi Emirate, Arzanah island (Arzaneh island)

Hematite 1.8cm tall




HematiteUnited Arab EmiratesAbu Dhabi Emirate, Sir Bani Yas Island

Hematite, one on rt. ~2.5cm




HematiteUSAArizona, La Paz Co., Buckskin Mts.

Hematite 3cm tall




HematiteUSAArizona, La Paz Co., Dome Rock Mts, Middle Camp-Oro Fino District, Big Bertha Mine (Veta Grande Mine; Veta Grande claim; Crystal Caverns claim; Big Bertha Extension Mine)

Hematite & Quartz 4.3cm wide


Hematite & Quartz ~6cm tall


Hematite ~5cm wide
Hematite & Quartz ~5cm wide


A very small mine, perhaps a prospect might be a better term to describe the place. The adit opened below the crest of a hill and the mine workings may have extended back 100 feet or so. The prospectors who dug it must have been chasing gold values. The first image shown above may be the best hematite specimens the place produced. Specimens from the place were mostly collected by field collectors who broke up quartz boulders on the dump and those that had been moved down the hill by weathering. Most most of good specimens were collected prior to 1960 by field collectors from the metropolitan areas of Arizona and Southern California and no amount of pounding around on the dumps or in the accessible parts of the mine in recent years has produced any notable specimen. Even at its best, the locality has always been a stingy one and fine specimens like those pictured here are rare.



HematiteUSAArizona, La Paz Co., Plomosa Mts, Plomosa District, Bouse

Hematite 4.6cm tall
Hematite 8.9cm tall


Hematite 3.5cm wide




HematiteUSAArizona, Pinal Co., Dripping Spring Mts, Mineral Creek District (Ray District), Scott Mountain area, Ray Mine

Hematite ~8cm wide




HematiteUSAColorado, Jefferson Co., South Platte Pegmatite District, Buffalo Creek

Hematite 6cm tall




HematiteUSAColorado, Park Co., Lake George

Hematite after Siderite 6cm tall
Hematite & Quartz 3cm wide
Hematite after Siderite 3.2cm wide


Hematite after Siderite with Quartz 6.2cm
Hematite after Siderite 4.8cm wide


HematiteUSAMichigan, Dickinson Co., Menominee iron range, Aragon Mine

Hematite ~6cm wide




HematiteUSAMichigan, Dickinson Co. Menominee iron range, Norway, Penn Mines

Hematite 7.5cm wide




HematiteUSAMichigan, Dickinson Co., Menominee iron range, Vulcan, East Vulcan Mine

Hematite 5cm wide




HematiteUSAMichigan, Iron Co. Menominee iron range, Mineral Hills, Sherwood Mine

Hematite 25cm wide




HematiteUSAMichigan, Iron Co., Menominee iron range, Stambaugh, Hiawatha Group, Hiawatha No. 1 Mine

Hematite 8.1cm tall




HematiteUSAMichigan, Marquette Co., Ishpeming

Hematite & Jasper 10cm wide


This is a good example of a rock from a banded ironstone formation. It is interbanded black hematite and red jasper. The color in the red jasper is almost certainly caused by finely divided Hematite. When this material is hard enough and compact enough it is used for lapidary purposes and many lapidary items from table tops to beads have been made from this material. It is of not very great interest to advanced mineral collectors, but because the huge banded ironstone formations are so significant in the evolution of the crust of our planet I have included this modest example here in Best Minerals.




HematiteUSAMichigan, Marquette Co., Ishpeming, Superior Mine

Hematte 20cm tall



HematiteUSAMichigan, Marquette Co., Marquette iron range

Hematite ~9cm wide




HematiteUSAMichigan, Marquette Co., Marquette iron range, Lake Angeline Mine (East End; Angeline)

Hematite "grape ore" 5cm wide





HematiteUSAMichigan, Marquette Co., Marquette iron range, Marquette

Hematite 18.5cm tall




HematiteUSAMichigan, Marquette Co., Marquette iron range, Marquette, Superior mine

Hematite 8cm wide




HematiteUSAMichigan, Marquette Co., Marquette iron range, Negaunee, Jackson mine (South Jackson Pit)

Hematite ~11cm wide
Hematite 6.8cm tall


Hematite needle ore ~21cm wide



HematiteUSAMissouri, Washington Co., Meramec State Park, Pea Ridge Mine (Sullivan)

Hematite on Calcite ~6cm wide




HematiteUSANew Hampshire, Cheshire Co., Surry, Mine Ledge

Hematite 6cm tall
Hematite 8cm wide



HematiteUSANew Jersey, Sussex Co., Franklin Mining District, Franklin

Hematite 9cm wide
Hematite 12cm wide


Hematite twin 3cm wide
Hematite & Apatite 7cm wide

Hematites from this locality are primarily of interest only to collectors who specialize in specimens from this locality but some interesting specimens showing rhombohedral partings up to 10 cm on an edge which are sometimes mistaken for cleavage in the mineral.


HematiteUSANew Mexico, Otero Co., Orogrande District,Orogrande, Jarilla Mountains

Hematite & Quartz 3cm wide
Hematite & Quartz 4cm wide


HematiteUSANew Mexico, Socorro Co., uis Lopez manganese District

Hematite 5.7cm tall




HematiteUSANew York, St Lawrence Co., Chub Lake, Chub Lake Prospects

Hematite 3cm wide




HematiteUSARhode Island, Providence Co., Lincoln, Lime Rock, Conklin quarry

Hematite 10cm wide




HematiteUSA
Utah, Beaver Co., Beaver Lake Mts, Beaver Lake District, Black Rock Mine

Hematite after Magnetite 6.8cm wide




HematiteUSAUtah, Beaver Co., Beaver Lake Mts, Beaver Lake District, Iron Mountain Pass deposits

Hematite after Magnetite 8.5cm tall




HematiteUSAUtah, Iron Co. Iron Springs District (Iron and Granite Mountains & Three Peaks)

Hematite after Magnetite 6cm tall
Hematite after Magnetite 6cm tall


HematiteUSAUtah, Juab Co., Thomas Range

Hematite 3.3cm wide




HematiteUSAUtah, Millard Co., Twin Peak

Hematite after Magnetite 3.3cm wide
Hematite after Magnetite


Hematite after Magnetite 4.9cm wide




HematiteUSAWashington, King Co., Denny Mountain

Hematite 2.3cm wide



Denny Mountain is well known to field collectors in the state of Washington, USA and most of the specimens have been collected by collectors, though some have been mined by dealers from surface prospects. This locality is better known for its wonderful quartz crystals, especially its wonderful "raspberry" scepters, but it did produce the occasional hematite specimens, though even the best of them won't compete well with those from some of the more popular Hematite localities.



HematiteUSAWashington, King Co., North Bend, Green Mountain, Bessemer Ridge

Hematite & Quartz 9.7cm
Hematite after Epidote ~4cm tall

These were collected more than 30 years ago by a Washington, USA, collector/dealer/probe runner, Bart Cannon from a pocket outcropping on the surface. He dug several hundred of them and because they were interesting mineralogically he was able to sell them for usually not more than $10 each at the time. But even several hundred items is very little in the over all mineral market place and today you rarely ever see one of these for sale by dealers.


HematiteUSA Wisconsin, Iron Co., Gogebic Range, Germania Mine (Minnewawa; Harmony)

Hematite ~7cm wide




HematiteUSAWisconsin, Iron Co., Gogebic Range, Hennepin-Snyder Mine (Father Hennepin; Snyder; Pence-Hennepin Mine)

Hematite 7.5cm tall




HematiteUSAWisconsin, Iron Co., Gogebic Range, Montreal Mine (Ottawa; 33 Company Mine; Trimble; Odanah; Moore; Jupiter; Bourne; Sec. 33 Mine)

Hematite 3.4cm tall
Hematite 10cm tall


Hematite 12.5cm wide
Hematite 12.5cm center


Hematite 12.5cm wide
Hematite ~12cm wide


Hematite 16.5cm long



Hematite "needle" 22cm wide



HematiteUSAWisconsin, Iron Co., Hurley, Cary Mine (Superior; Tilden; Nimikon; West Cary; Kakagon; Windsor)

Hematite 15cm wide
Hematite ~7cm wide


Hematite ~5.7cm tall
Hematite ~7cm tall


Hematite 11.4cm wide




HematiteUSAWisconsin, Iron Co., Montreal, Plummer mine (Emma; Caledonia; Plumer; Valance; Union; Daylight.)

Hematite 3cm wide
Hematite 6cm wide





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Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.



Edited 6 time(s). Last edit at 09/01/2010 03:46AM by Rock Currier.
avatar Re: Hematite - Namibia to USA
August 29, 2010 01:54AM
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