The name Siderites is derived from the Greek word "sideros" which translates to "iron." Siderites are known to be a member of the calcite group of minerals. As a member of the calcite group, Siderites crystallize in the trigonal system and are said to contain a perfect rhombohedra cleavage. However, Siderite is easily distinguished from calcite. This is due to the higher specific gravity as well as the hardness. Siderites can also be easily altered into iron oxides. Close related minerals that are formed from series of Siderite are both magnetite and rhodochrosite.
Siderite is known to be found in various areas located around the world. The stone can be found in Germany, Portugal, France, Romania, England, Russia, South Africa, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Greenland, Canada, and the United States. Siderites can be found in select states located within the United States. The states include North Carolina, Idaho, Arizona, and Connecticut. Not only can Siderite be found in various places around the world, but it can also be found in various colors and shades. Siderites can be found in light brown, yellow, yellowish brown, gray, green, greenish brown, red, and a reddish brown.
In the metaphysical world, Siderites is believed to be a crystal that stimulates positive energy as well as aid in the growth of constructive thoughts. It is also said that Siderites possess the ability to provide inspiration for ideas along with enthusiasm in the workplace.