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Stibnite

Stibnite

$41.00Price

Awesome iridescent stibnite crystal.  This piece has a lot of character and good color.  The metallic luster contrasts well with the rainbow colors and is quite shiny and striking to the eye.  A great piece of affordable natural stibnite!

 

From Xikuangshan Sb deposit, China.  Shown as recommended on the Small Adjustable Mineral Stand, not included with purchase.

 

Stibnite is a captivating specimen for mineral collectors due to its striking metallic luster and unique crystal forms. It often forms elongated, slender prismatic crystals that can reach impressive lengths, sometimes arranged in radial or fan-like clusters. The color of stibnite ranges from lead-gray to steel-gray, and its surface exhibits a brilliant metallic sheen that enhances its visual appeal. Stibnite has a Mohs hardness of 2, making it relatively soft and easy to scratch.

 

This mineral is typically found in hydrothermal veins and hot spring deposits, often associated with other minerals such as quartz, cinnabar, and galena. Collectors prize stibnite for its dramatic, sword-like crystal formations and its historical use as a source of antimony, which has applications in flame retardants, batteries, and alloys. Due to its softness and brittleness, stibnite specimens require careful handling and storage to avoid damage. Its distinctive appearance and fascinating geological formation make stibnite a standout addition to any mineral collection.

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