Magnetite is a key iron ore, and is the most magnetic of all minerals. Normal Magnetite is attracted to a magnet, but special Magnetite called Lodestone is actually magnetic itself and can affect other magnetic objects, such as a compass needle. According to Greek legend, Magnetite was discovered by a wandering shepherd named Magnes who has his metal tipped cane become attracted to some mysterious black stones as if by magic.

Alternative Names Lodestone, Magnetic Magnetite
Colour Black
Hardness 5.5 - 6.5
Crystal system Isometric
Streak Black
Lustre Metallic
Main Locations USA, New Zealand, ItalyUSA, New Zealand, ItalyUSA, New Zealand, ItalyUSA, New Zealand, Italy
Chakra Root
Zodiac Virgo, Gemini
Numerology 4
Planetary Earth
Element Earth