• Fun to see in the large or original size
  • I was dying to purchase one of these large specimens, but one would have to buy the whole flat! Only small pieces for sale individually...

Beautiful Bismuth Specimens

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This is my favorite of the 5 photos I took at a vendor booth in a parking lot. Bismuth is a wonderful mineral/metal/crystal. Best viewed large to see how these crystals formed. The crystals grow by expanding when the mineral is heated and then cooled. It is called a "hopper mineral' for the structural pattern of crystals.

Last of 5 images in a row of the mineral bismuth, a metal that has some radioactivity and is often laboratory-grown to produce such large crystals. This specimen is about 3" across. In different light it will catch rainbow colors. See the links below for fascinating information about bismuth and how it can be grown.

Seriously, you could make these at home!

Wikipedia articles:

Hopper crystals:

Beefus, juliana abrasao, and 9 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. Beefus 75 months ago | reply

    ...and thanks for including the "make these at home" details :)

  2. Chesky_W 75 months ago | reply

    really beautiful mineral object. got wonderful color and reflection on it~

  3. Lebeus 75 months ago | reply

    Great colour, lovely

  4. zoniedude1 75 months ago | reply

    Cool stuff. Amazing crystal structures.

    Seen in Arizona Wonders

  5. Dutile Photography [deleted] 75 months ago | reply

    This shot is great. You composed it very well. Thanks for the information on the crystals too. Very cool stuff.

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