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Magnetite – Raw

Magnetite is an iron oxide mineral that is naturally occurring and one of the most magnetic of all the naturally-occurring minerals on Earth. It's named after the city of Magnesia in Greece. In its natural form, it is commonly found in igneous and metamorphic rock, as well as in sedimentary rocks.

About Magnetite:

Magnetite is an important iron ore and has a black color and metallic luster. It's commonly found in banded iron formations, and in lake and marine sediments as both detrital grains and as magnetotactic bacteria, with the magnetite crystals being formed by the bacteria as a means to orient themselves directionally.


  • Design: In its raw form, magnetite is generally black or dark brown, and it has a metallic luster. It forms in crystals that are cubic, or octahedral.

  • Unique Properties: Magnetite is ferromagnetic, which means it is attracted to magnets and can be magnetized to become a permanent magnet itself. It has a high iron content, so it also has a high specific gravity and is heavy for its size.


  • Industry: Magnetite is an important source of iron for the iron and steel industries but it is also used in the production of ammonia and in ceramics and paints.

  • Science and Education: Because of its magnetic properties, magnetite is often used in compasses and other navigation devices. It's also used in experiments and for educational purposes in schools.

  • Metaphysical: Magnetite is used in crystal healing and is said to have several healing properties. It is most commonly used for alignment and balancing. The magnetic properties of this stone are said to help with circulatory system issues and blood conditions.

Perfect For:

  • Collectors: Due to its unique magnetic properties, magnetite is a fascinating specimen for collectors.

  • Educators and Students: Its magnetic properties make it an excellent educational tool for science classrooms.

  • Healers: Those who practice alternative or holistic healing methods often use magnetite for its purported health benefits.

Please Note: Although magnetite can be an interesting mineral to study, handle it with care, especially around electronic devices. Its magnetic properties can interfere with electronic equipment.

In summary, magnetite is not only an important ore of iron but it also has interesting magnetic properties that make it a fascinating mineral to study and use. Whether you're a collector, an educator, or a holistic healer, there's something interesting about magnetite for everyone.

Crystal and gemstone meanings, Detailed Magnetite properties

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