Bismuth With Bismuthinite
Small Cabinet, 7.9 x 6.2 x 4.1 cm
Huallatani Mine, Tasna District, Potosi Dept., Bolivia
Ex. Martin Zinn
From the world's richest deposit of bismuth, this extremely heavy specimen has mirror bright, metallic silver crystals of the element bismuth. Some are full crystals, I believe, parted along contact planes; although many are partial crystals or fragments, but the piece is extremely rich overall with crystals, to 2 cm in length. The luster is blinding, like metal out of a fabricator. The weight is really shocking...bismuth is HEAVY stuff! This little rock masses over 800 grams, about 2 pounds! There is a hint of iridescence and the faintest hint of lavender.