Bismuth crystals | If you want one of the rarest bismuth crystals in the world, here it is!!! It was amazing seeing this creation come forth from the molten bismuth. Simply massive in size at 566 grams, and 4 1/2” by 4 1/8” by 3”. It has gorgeous pastel colors of greens, pinks, oranges, yellows, purples, blues, browns and golds.
This is a pure bismuth crystal. The heaviest element that is not radioactive (ok technically it is but it’s half life is like 9 orders of magnitude older than the universe so it really doesn’t count.) Probably my favourite crystal structure, even if you forget the colour. Surprisingly, bismuth is also super-not-toxic. You can actually eat the stuff and it’s often in indigestion remedies. Fascinating element, all round.
ELEMENTAL ART After 17 years of practice, Ken Keray has mastered the art of preparing bismuth crystals. “Growing my bismuth crystals is as simple as melting then cooling,” says Keray, who made the impressive examples above. “Temperature control when melting is critical,” he says, for getting large geometric features. Keray sells his creations online for $20 to $325 and claims to have made the largest entirely crystalline bismuth specimens in the world. “I learned a secret many years ago that all
”Mineral” is not the first thing to come to mind when you hear the word “beauty,” and that‘s a pity because they look so, so pretty. This selection of some of the most beautiful minerals and stones in the world will be a feast for your eyes. A mineral is a “naturally occurring substance that is …