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Title: Quartz On Hematite
Medium: Digital Photography
Photographer: Aaron J. Greenblatt
Camera Type: Panasonic DMC-LZ7 Lumix 7.2 MP
Editing: Edited in PhotoShop 7.0 for color accuracy, size, and to apply copyright and border.

Location: Photograph taken at the 2007 63rd Annual Greater Detroit Gem, Mineral, Fossil & Jewelry Show in Warren, Michigan.

Description: This very cool specimen was in a display case at the show. Hematite is the mineral form of iron and it's that iron which has stained these quartz crystals a vibrant red color. If there are crystals growing in Hell then this is probably what they look like - deep red on black.

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:iconradhomez:
RadHomez Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014
Hematoid Quartz :) and that is brilliant colour
Unique spec you have, I never seen quartz that red on Hematite before
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:iconthatdirtlady:
thatdirtlady Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful specimen.
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:icondaeamor:
Daeamor Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
It looks like it came from mars...

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:iconundistilled:
Undistilled Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
Yep. :)

That's iron for yah, making those nice dark red rocks.
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:iconmidnightwhisperer:
MidnightWhisperer Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
Wow, I've never seen red quartz before! Nature is perfect
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:iconimaneggplant:
imaneggplant Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011   General Artist
This is just the most amazing hematite piece I ever seen. I collect rocks and fossils from all over, but I never seen anything like this.
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:iconundistilled:
Undistilled Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
I had never seen anything like it before either!

It's definitely quite unique. :nod:
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:iconimaneggplant:
imaneggplant Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011   General Artist
i agree, this is a very unique piece.
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:iconmisanthropictarot:
MisanthropicTarot Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
brilliant color red, it really draws the eye.
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:iconundistilled:
Undistilled Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
Indeed. :nod:
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:iconspartout:
spartout Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
Dude blood red crystals NICE
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:iconundistilled:
Undistilled Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009
Yeah. If there is a hell, then it's probably full of these types of quartz crystals.

:nod:
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:iconsubliminaldice976:
SubliminalDice976 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009
I had a hematite ring that broke today. This makes me less sad about it.
Also, it's a lovely picture.
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:iconundistilled:
Undistilled Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009
Thank you. :)

Hematite isn't the best material for rings as it's quite brittle - which sort of begs the question, "Then why are people making rings out of it?" From what I understand, some people believe that hematite absorbs stress, and that when the hematite ring breaks it's suppose to have relieved all of your stress. But the way I look at it, it's more stressful when your ring breaks since then you have to go out and get another one.

:lol:
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:iconsubliminaldice976:
SubliminalDice976 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
Yes, it is. I bought that ring at an event they only hold once a year, from the stall of an indian tribe dealer. :|
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:iconindigartistic:
indigartistic Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009
Just SUCH an amazing colour!

:D
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:iconundistilled:
Undistilled Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
Indeed. :nod:

What you don't get from this image is all of the sparkle. Not only were the crystals an incredible color, but they sparkled like CZ's in the light.

It was quite an amazing piece to behold in person.
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:iconzoro-swordsman:
zoro-swordsman Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008
:wow: Wow! I've never seen anything like that before!

:+fav:
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:iconundistilled:
Undistilled Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008
It is indeed quite an interesting specimen. :nod:
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:iconzoro-swordsman:
zoro-swordsman Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
Yup, yup! :nod:
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:iconbrigitte-fredensborg:
So beautiful!
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:iconundistilled:
Undistilled Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008
It's amazing what iron can do to clear quartz.

:)
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:iconthefaintsmile:
TheFaintSmile Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008
Wow, never seen such an interesting combination. Interesting to see the Quartz turned red.
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:iconundistilled:
Undistilled Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008
I agree, it is very interesting. :nod:

The red coloration is caused by a high iron content.
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:iconkatisconfused:
KatIsConfused Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
prettyyyyyy
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:iconundistilled:
Undistilled Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008
Yes. :nod:
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