A display specimen of botryoidal hematite with specularite hematite crystals, calcite and quartz from Florence Mine, Egremont, Cumbria, UK. Specular hematite, also known as specularite is a variation of hemattie which has a silver or black colouration and metallic lustre, giving the crystals a sparkling appearance. Hematite is a popular mineral with a long history in the development of modern industry. It is a deep red mineral which exhibits a botryoidal crystal habit, making it look ‘bubbly’ on its surface, for this reason, it is sometimes also known as ‘kidney ore’. Hematite is also the primary ore mineral for iron, a metal which has long since been used by humans to advance as a civilisation, and is still used today for obtaining iron and steel (when combined with corundum). This particular piece of botyroidal hematite is coated with quartz and calcite crystals of varying colours, the hematite also shows several cavities between botyroidal plates which are filled with small specularite crystals. The specimen weighs roughly 1.609 kg and measures approximately 15.5 x 10 x 7 cm at its widest points. This piece will be supplied with an information label.