Bismuth

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Mineralogy of Bismuth

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Natural Bismuth, Saxony, Germany

Mineral Family: Native Element

Chemical Composition: Bi
Cleavage: Perfect
Color: Silver-white, pinkish-white, red.  When oxidized it has metallic rainbow colors
Crystal System: Trigonal-hexagonal scalenohedral
Form/Habit: Cubic
Fracture: Uneven
Gravity:  9.7-9.8
Hardness: 2-2.5
Luminescence: None
Luster: Metallic
Streak: Silver-white
Transparency: Opaque

Location:  Natural Bismuth is found in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Mexico, Poland, Spain, United States (California, Colorado, South Dakota) and Vietnam.  However, most of the Bismuth on the commercial market is lab-grown in Germany.

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Mineral Family:  Bismuth is a relatively rare Native Element, a chemical element that appears in nature uncombined with anything else.  Native Elements are typically divided into three groups: metals such as Copper, Gold, Silver, and Platinum; semi-metals like Arsenic; and nonmetals like Sulfur and Carbon.  Bismuth is a brittle semi-metal.

Associated Minerals: Silver

Hopper

Lab-grown Bismuth Hopper Crystal

Formation: Bismuth is a rare element, about as common as silver.  Most of the time it forms as a lump of grey or silvery metal, which is often mistaken for tin or lead. On very rare occasions, high-purity Bismuth will form natural “Hopper Crystals”, with outer walls full developed like steps, while the interior remains empty. This shape occurs when Bismuth grows so rapidly, that there is not time or the necessary materials, to fill in all the gaps.  Hoppering happens when the electrical attraction along one edge of the crystal is higher, thus causing faster growth.  Bismuth can easily tarnishes, and when that happens it takes on a wide-range of colors.

Mining:  Bismuth is usually mined as a biproduct of mining aimed at extracting other metals such as Copper, Lead, Tin and Tungsten.  It is usually found in crude lead bullion, which then goes through several stages of refining.

Enhancements:  While native Bismuth may be available to collectors on occasion, most of it is used for commercial purposes.  Bismuth Hopper Crystals are grown in a laboratory and then given an acid bath to tarnish the surface of the stone and bring out rainbow colors.

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: Natural BismuthBismuth Hopper Crytal

History of Bismuth

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Alchemist

Bismuth is a relatively rare mineral that has only recently become available to collectors.  Prior to the 1600s, it was often confused with tin or iron, which it can closely resemble.  The name Bismuth has two possible origins; it may be a German name, a variation of wismuth or weiße Mass, meaning “white mass”.  Alternatively, its name could come from the Arabic bi ismid, meaning “similar to Antimony” (another silver-grey metal). 

Bismuth was not included in ancient lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers, nor is it widely included in most modern ones.  While lapidary writers took little note of this rare metal, medieval Alchemists showed a keen interest.  Alchemists were the forerunners of today’s chemists, educated men and women who performed experiments hoping to find the key to eternal life and/or the ability to turn base metals into gold.  Alchemists referred to Bismuth as tectum argenti, Latin for “silver being made” and considered it to be almost an evolutionary step between a base metal and a precious one. Alchemists worked with Bismuth in the hope that it would reveal its secrets and literally turn into silver, giving them the key for how to turn other metals into gold.

Bismuth Hopper Crystals are one of the easiest crystals to grow and can be created in any home-kitchen.  Unsurprisingly, most of the colorful Bismuth crystals are lab-grown, rather than mined.  To start with, natural Bismuth, which is usually grey and fairly uninspiring, must be brought up to a high enough temperature to melt.  Once in a liquid form, it is removed from the heat source and allowed to cool.  During this cooling, crystallization will begin to take place and crystals will begin to float on the surface of the liquid.  They can then be removed with tweezers and set down to continue to solidify and cool.  Later on, the surface of the Hopper Crystals can be oxidized to bring out beautiful rainbow colors.

Growing

Making Bismuth Crystals

Photos: AlchemistGrowing Bismuth

Healing Properties of Bismith

Spiritual: Bismuth is an incredible stone for anyone who is actively journeying.  It helps us to know where we are going, to stay the course, to be open to new opportunities and to continually move forward.  It reminds us that the Divine and the Universe wants us to succeed and will conspire in our favor if we move boldly and with an open-heart.  Bismuth helps us feel deeply connected to our Highest Self and other spiritual energies. It has both a grounding and expansive energy, helping us be comfortable with change and eager for positive transformation. When we feel lonely or lost, Bismuth can help us to easily connect with something or someone, feeding our soul and nurturing our heart, allowing us to regain our confidence and enthusiasm. Bismuth is attuned to ALL the chakras and linked to the astrological sign of Aquarius. It is connected to the elements of Fire and vibrates to the number 2.

Emotional: Bismuth has a very comforting and friendly energy.  It helps us to feel more secure in our relationships with people, and with the world at large.  Bismuth helps us to make our needs known and to show others our value and unique qualities.  It helps us to handle change gracefully and to stay calm even if everyone around us is in a panic.  Bismuth reminds us that we can handle whatever life throws at us and that we have what it takes to succeed.  In romantic relationships, Bismuth can help couples deepen their connect, often leading to marriage or other forms of long-term partnership.  However, Bismuth will also laughingly remind us not to settle or stay with someone who isn’t quite right for us.  It encourages us to work well with others, while maintaining our own independence.  More than anything, Bismuth invites us to “enjoy the journey” as we grow and evolve over the course of our lifetime.     

Mental: Bismuth is a fantastic stone for anyone who is setting goals or has big dreams.  It encourages us to think big, to plan meticulously, and to walk our talk.  Bismuth also encourages us to be wise, to plan strategically and to be teachable.  It urges us to be willing to evolve, to be a life-long learner, and to change ourselves when new information or situations requires that of us.  Bismuth keeps us looking forward to the future, rather than dwelling on the past.  It helps our mind to stay sharp, focused and engaged in the present moment.

Physical: Bismuth is most often used by metaphysical healers to treat people in comas or other catatonic states, helping the patient to move out of the static state and back into life.  It is also said to help reduce fevers. 

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.

Earth to Pocket

Earth to Pocket is the Moonrise Crystal business mission. It’s the promise that any stones purchased here will be consciously sourced and the journey of the stone, from the Earth and into your Pocket, will be as transparent as possible.

These Bismuths were lab-created in Germany

I first encountered the US wholeseller at the 2015 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. Right away I was impressed with the quality of the tumbled stones, and especially the appearance of hard-to-find tumbled stones such as Celestite. After talking with the owner, who self-proclaims herself “the Tumbled Queen,” I was even more pleased. The Tumbled Queen knows her stock inside and out and we happily discussed the geology and origins of various rare minerals. I later bought from her again six months later at the 2015 Franklin, NC Gem and Mineral Show.

It would be my pleasure to hand-select a beautiful Bismuth for you.

Your Stone

This price is for one stone. You can buy a single Bismuth or several, depending on your individual needs. Each Bismuth measures approximately 1 inch at its longest length and have a unique shape with sharp edges. Tumbled stones are natural products and variations are part of their beauty. 

The stone I choose for you will be smooth and free of chips and be a beautiful piece of hexagonal metallic, very shiny and in a wide range of rainbow colors. If you buy multiple stones, I will choose stones that look and feel particularly good together. Stones will be cleansed and smudged with sage before being shipped to you.

With their beautiful color and clean energies, these Bismuth are perfect for crystal healing. Add them to a medicine bag, place them on an altar, use them in a crystal elixir, fashion them into jewelry, or simply carry them in your pocket.

Safe Handling of Bismuch

Caution!!!

Bismuth should NOT be used to make direct-infusion “Bismuth water” for drinking or bathing.  You can however, make a safe elixir using an indirect method – simply place the stone near, but not touching, the water.

Bismuth Hopper Crystals  are delicate crystals that can easily break.

Bismuth’s rainbow coloring is due to oxidation and can change over time. It is always considered a “best practice” to keep your stones and crystals out of direct sunlight as much as possible.

Good To Know:

Bismuth can be physically cleansed with water or a dusting cloth.

Bismuth  can be energetically cleansed using any method. They will appreciate being soaked in fresh water, set outside to absorb the moonlight, and/or being smudged with smoke or incense. Use your own intuition to determine the best method.

Reviews

  1. Colton M (Arizona)

    i recived a very powerful bismuth gemstone and its just amzing.

  2. Michelle V. (Georgia)

    A+

  3. Roxane T. (New York)

    Wonderful seller Great item! A+++

  4. Regina V. (Florida)

    What an interesting piece. Very fast shipping. Great Seller

  5. Adriana A (Washington)

    Thank you so much Julie!!! I am so pleased with my last purchase. You pick out such beautiful stones. <3

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