Haematite / Hematite:
According to Collins English Dictionary:
“a red, grey, or black mineral, found as massive beds and in veins and igneous rocks. It is the chief source of iron. Composition: iron (ferric) oxide. Formula: Fe2O3. Crystal structure: hexagonal”
The name hematite is derived from the Greek word for blood αἷμα haima because hematite can be red, as in rouge, a powdered form of hematite. The color of hematite lends itself to use as a pigment. The English name of the stone is derived from Middle French: Hématite Pierre, which was imported from Latin: Lapis Hæmatites, which originated from Ancient Greek: αἱματίτης λίθος (haimatitēs lithos, “blood-red stone”).
…The red chalk writing of this mineral was one of the earliest in the history of humans.
Technique: Digital Painting
Original painting by Marina Kanavaki © 2015
Haematite is available as a print / framed or on canvas at Imagekind:
[museum quality printing and framing]