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What is the difference between hematite and magnetite?

There is a topic about gold, silver and stones, but there is still a completely different emphasis, an emphasis on jewelry, so I did not find satisfaction there.
In general, I invite collectors and lovers of natural stones here. I propose to discuss and share not just theoretical knowledge (which, in principle, is given on the Internet and in literature), but my real practical experience and interesting stories. I would also like to look at interesting acquisitions or just favorite designs or jewelry.

My vague attraction and interest in the kingdom of minerals took on a real form after a consultation with a mineralogist, when I found myself in an apartment that looked more like a museum. Theoretically, I read a long time ago that a mineral is a form of life and consciousness, albeit at a lower level. However, I was simply thrown into a state of shock by the fact that, as it turned out, I physically felt it – I felt the vibration of the stone and felt a certain impact. I won’t argue – maybe this is a PLACEBO effect. but, as I learned from the lecture, holding a mineral in our hands, we actually receive a homeapathic dose of the substances that are in it. And there are very real elements in it, of which we are composed.
The choice of stone is interesting. Usually they offer a bunch of diagrams, horoscopes, influence of planets, etc. This is all true, but I try to be guided primarily by intuition and the feeling of the stone. For example, we spent a long time selecting my first products for me with a specialist, and I’m really happy with them, but on top of that, I always wanted to touch a large Amazonite egg. It was expensive and I didn’t buy it. However, when I dreamed about it the next night, I decided to raise money for it. It may be a coincidence, but the money came from an unexpected source. the egg now lives with me. -)
[IMG][/IMG] In general, I will continue if I find interlocutors. If not, the topic can be closed. 10.04.2008 16:43

Okay, since no one else has stories, I’ll show off my latest acquisitions for now:
rare fire opal (raw)
the rarest blue tourmalines (indigolites) – one of them can even be cut in the future
petrified wood
blue topazes

10.04.2008 16:43

natural citrine – I will set it in gold
miracle ball made of golden fluorite 🙂

10.04.2008 17:21

Lakshmi, the topic is very interesting. And the acquisitions you showed are beautiful. I also recently bought citrine and will be making a pendant (I haven’t come up with a design yet). On the topic, I can say that I “love communicating” with clear quartz. If any questions arise, I mentally say them, put the quartz next to me and fall asleep. Usually, the answer comes in a dream.

10.04.2008 17:30

Oh, I just adore citrine. I guess I miss this golden warm energy that it shares. Citrine was chosen for me by a Vedic astrologer (according to the Joitish system). According to this system, this stone supports Jupiter in the natal chart. In theory: you need to set a piece of at least 5 carats in gold and put it on for the first time on Thursday: then the stone will provide very powerful support.
By the way, I also got this miraculously exclusive citrine ball
It shines magnificently in the sun and contains some interesting layered inclusions of air.
I love quartz too – I have a perfectly clean transparent small ball and a druse of crystals. With the help of druzy, she saved a dying violet; she placed it nearby and periodically tried to influence it through the crystal.
Although lately I have been more drawn not to transparent quartz, but to smoky quartz. He is so mysterious and soft. I think he develops intuition. I found this crystal
I dream of a ball of smoky quartz – I haven’t found it yet

11.04.2008 00:43

Very beautiful. I also noticed an attraction to stones, among other things, but I can’t bring myself to this.
Maybe I’ll read the thread and join in.

11.04.2008 09:27

and I’m attracted to a huge blue topaz. I just can’t understand what their intensity depends on? Some are faded blue, and some are almost blue..

11.04.2008 09:27

I have been attracted to stones for a very long time. But before I didn’t know where to get them and with whom I could talk about this topic. I was just reading books, there were a couple more stones from my grandmother. But when I listened to a couple of lectures from an esoteric mineralogist, everything immediately fell into place for me. Gradually, contacts were found, and the stones arrived. By the way, now many people are doing this (before I didn’t see interesting stones in stores) But now even in Terra Incognita there was a beautiful collection of stones and a specialist was sitting right there giving consultations. I even got a beautiful polished labradorite there (black moonstone)
It’s a pity that there are no mineralogy exhibitions in Odessa (only jewelry ones). Every month people come to Kyiv from all over Ukraine, from Russia, even from India—I want to go and see everything. Kharkov also hosts the World of Stone exhibition every month.

11.04.2008 09:35

[QUOTE=FLOWER SPICES;2540106]but I’m attracted to huge blue topaz. but I just can’t understand what determines their intensity? Some are faded blue, and some are almost blue..[/QUOTE]

Pure topaz is colorless, and the intensity of the color depends on various impurities (titanium, iron and chromium color it). By the way, blue topazes are especially sensitive to sunlight and completely fade in the bright sun (so don’t wear them to the beach! :-)) Topaz is a strong stone, maybe that’s why it attracts. 🙂 It is believed that it helps the triumphant advancement of its owner on all fronts 🙂 Yes, I forgot to add that it happens that topaz is sometimes irradiated, thereby artificially enhancing the color (the so-called refining of the mineral), but the color obtained in this way is even more unstable. 11.04.2008 09:41

I think that we also need to put emphasis on the difference between fakes and imitation stones from natural stones. I have already encountered this several times, so I studied a lot of literature and information on the Internet. So this aspect can be discussed here as well.

For example, the same colorless topaz, rock crystal and glass. The difference between stone and glass: stone is much cooler and holds the cold longer. even in hot weather, crystal remains cold and can even be used to cool your hands and face. The glass heats up instantly. They are further distinguished by hardness: crystal scratches glass, and topaz scratches crystal, because on the hardness scale, topaz is the hardest of these three. 11.04.2008 10:04

[QUOTE=Lakshmi;2540108]It’s a pity that there are no mineralogy exhibitions in Odessa (only jewelry ones).[/QUOTE]

About four years ago, I was lucky enough to go to an exhibition of minerals in Odessa. Then Odessa collectors gathered and exhibited their most interesting specimens, it was in the museum of Western and Eastern art. There were landscape jaspers, rock crystal with “pictures” inside (natural paintings, of course). There was also a large topaz, abnormally lilac in color, irradiated. It’s a pity that these exhibitions are not regular. 11.04.2008 10:08

Yes, I also once attended such an exhibition at the Museum of Western and Eastern Art. There were all sorts of rare specimens from private collections. But I would like an ordinary exhibition-fair, where you can buy something 🙂 because many of those from whom I buy stones themselves buy them at exhibitions, take them to Odessa and resell them here. By the way, in Crimea there seems to be an interesting mineralogical museum with natural paintings in stone.

11.04.2008 15:17

A little more about imitation: I came across the fact that sometimes one less valuable stone is passed off as another more valuable one. For example, my friends were offered blue apatite under the guise of blue tourmaline. The difference here is that apatite is less hard and its crystals have a triangular shape, while apatite has a prismatic shape

This is my personal case: for a very long time I thought that I had purchased turquoise. Upon examination it turned out that it was tinted caulite. Caulite is naturally gray in color, often found with black veins, and when dyed it is very similar to turquoise. The difference is that caulite is crystalline and turquoise is not. Kaulite is softer than turquoise. Polished caulite shines like porcelain, but turquoise does not. In addition, turquoise is never found in the form of large solid pieces, unlike caulite. Finally, the price.. I was told that turquoise beads cannot cost 100-200 UAH. at least 400. but in the prices I am not special, I refer to the opinion of one of the geologists.
I had this set of caulite. Why not turquoise? -))
[IMG][/IMG] 11.04.2008 16:22

More about tourmalines: I have a particularly mystical story connected with them. Two years ago, I didn’t even know the word “tourmaline”. I had an interesting dream in which Tibetan monks brought me this stone and told me its name. In the dream it was dark blue. I looked at the meaning: blue and cyan tourmalines serve as a conductor of communication with the Cosmos. No matter how many times I placed orders, they told me that they themselves would like to have it. My regular suppliers finally found it in Kharkov at an exhibition.
By the way, I also bought green verdelite tourmaline in rock (quartz). I’m not going to pick it out, it’s already beautiful, and it can be easily damaged

11.04.2008 16:59

Another interesting sample (from recent acquisitions) – a rare green garnet uvarovite
Initially, this garnet has very small crystals – it looks like a scattering of sparkles 🙂 so it is inserted into products like a brush. sparkles and shimmers in the sun.

16.04.2008 16:28

Is there information where you can read about the properties of stones, their influence, depending on the sign, year, name, etc.?

16.04.2008 16:40

[QUOTE=Hamely;2559320]is there information where you can read about the properties of stones, their influence, depending on the sign, year, name, etc.?[/QUOTE]

My favorite books on this topic:
Jasper Stone “All about precious stones” and “All about the healing properties of stones and minerals”
Lipovsky Yu. Healing properties of stones and minerals (directory)
Judy Hall Magic Crystal Here is an encyclopedia of stones posted on the Internet
[url][/url] You can also ask questions in this thread – I will be happy to answer, since I have already sifted through a bunch of literature, plus I communicate with mineralogists. 16.04.2008 16:52

I just want to pick up an amulet stone for health and good luck, etc., but of course, health is more important 🙂 I don’t know exactly by zodiac sign, name, or other parameters 🙁 well, how to wear it correctly, etc. d.

16.04.2008 18:37

wow, super 🙂 thank you, it’s already very interesting, I’ll definitely look into this issue

30.04.2008 10:10

I hasten to share my joy. a ball of apple green delicate chrysoprase (green chalcedony)! brought from Kyiv for the holidays.
It’s not even about beauty, but about some kind of magical power of the stone. When I calmed down, I sat down with him yesterday and immediately flew into meditation while talking with friends. and I was at the same time with them, and in some kind of space filled with tender subtle energy. some kind of tender love. my heart opens just oh. this despite the fact that my heart is quite thoughtful and in no hurry to share warmth.
Sometimes I think that stones are just conductors. and all the forces actually lie within ourselves. stones act as catalysts. but then you can learn to tune in to the right energy yourself. develop the necessary aspects in yourself.. or draw the necessary strength.. and stones can be needed in the beginning as help
Sela carefully read the information about chrysoprase, it’s all true: a stone of love, opens the heart chakra. protects from negative influences, brings good luck and success, since it contains the desire for transformation

Magnetite stone is the second most important ore mineral for iron production after hematite. The ancient Greek historian Pliny the Elder claimed that magnetite got its name from the name of the shepherd Magnus, who was the first to discover unusual stones in the mountains where he grazed cattle, from which nails disappeared from his soles. Almost all the names that people then assigned to this mineral denoted in different languages ​​the same concept of “loving,” reflecting the property of the stone to attract iron objects to itself, magnetizing them, that is, transferring to them its ability to “love.” The Greeks called it the Hercules stone, or Heraklion, hinting at its unusual strength, the Germans called it Ziegelstein, or Magness, and the French called it ayman. However, there is also a theory that magnetic ore got its name from the place where it was mined, from the ancient city of Magnesia in Asia Minor. The outdated names for this ore in Russia are magnetic iron ore and ferroferite. There is also the concept of “emery”, which denotes a natural mixture of mineral with corundum.

Description and properties

Deposits of magnetic iron ore in the form of intergrowths or crystals can be found in ore veins in Karelia, on the Kola Peninsula, in the Urals, as well as in other countries. The most famous in our country is the Kursk magnetic anomaly. The formula of magnetite, which is an iron oxide with cubic structure and a metallic luster, is written as Fe3O4. The density of magnetite is 5,0 – 5,2 g/cm³, and the hardness on the Mohs scale is 5,5 – 6,0 units. The color is black or dark gray, the mineral is soluble in hydrochloric acid. It is worth noting that in addition to specimens formed during natural geological processes, there are conglomerates of crystals of biogenic origin, which are produced by bacteria of a certain species, some mollusks and, perhaps, even the cells of more highly organized animals. The phenomenon of iron ore magnetism is based on the octahedral shape of its crystals, in which iron ions are distributed unevenly: the content of cations of this metal in some places of the crystal structure is much higher than their number in others.

Magical meaning

It will not be an exaggeration to say that magnetites, unlike other minerals, in whose secret magic you need to believe, demonstrate their magic of attraction quite clearly, attracting metal objects to themselves. Therefore, they are still trying to use them in love spells, placing the stone on a photograph of the desired person, hidden under the pillow at night. Women hope that magnetic iron ore will “attract” a man’s love, not realizing that love cannot be taken by force, even using the most powerful magical means. A man can obey, be sick, but not love. Since witches and sorcerers still use magnetite in their rituals and rites, draw magic circles with it, and make wands from it, it is not surprising that other people use it against the forces of evil, applying the principle “like is healed by like.” Alexander the Great also distributed a magnetic stone to his soldiers in order to protect them from evil spirits, as well as the machinations of witches and sorcerers. As for the special influence on any sign of the Zodiac, none was found, although some astrologers still recommend wearing it to Capricorns, Scorpios and Aries, that is, those signs where Mars is strong or is in a degree of exaltation.

Healing effect

In healing, the mineral magnetite is used to influence all chakras, stimulating the body as a whole, increasing immunity and strengthening the defenses of the person himself. Since science has already proven that the internal organs of every living creature have their own magnetic fields, the use of magnetite to influence them by changing the characteristics of the magnetic field is a very promising area of ​​lithotherapy, which uses data from a new young branch of the science of magnetobiology. The very art of taking into account magnetic fields that affect a person’s well-being goes back centuries, from where the science of geomancy grew, which the Chinese still successfully use to this day when choosing a place for a bed in a house, for building the house itself, for choosing a plot for a grave, or to build a temple. In everyday life, the mineral is worn in the form of magnetic bracelets, and is also used in various biocorrectors for healing and stimulating the body. In addition, balls of different sizes and weights are used to influence the third eye area in order to improve vision and develop clairvoyance.

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