Image: Bismuth

Bismuth

Bismuth, Wolfram Camp, Mount Arthur, Queensland, from the Albert Chapman Collection.

Photographer:
Carl Bento
Rights:
© Australian Museum
Rights:
© Australian Museum

Notes

Why special?
This is the world’s best native bismuth crystal – the largest and most perfectly formed.

Collected from:
 Wolfram Camp, Mt Arthur,Queensland.

Size:
8.5cm X 5.3cm

Appearance:
Striated grey crystal with minor quartz.

Formula:
Bi (bismuth)

System:
Trigonal

Properties:
Colour: Grey
Lustre: Metallic
Hardness: 2- 2.5
Cleavage: Perfect

How it occurs:
Forms in hydrothermal veins.

Uses:
It has many uses including;
An ingredient in pharmaceuticals’
Pigments in cosmetics, glass and glazing.
Used in alloys to replace lead because it is less toxic and has a low melting point,
 

Additional information

Registration number: D.50097

Last Updated: