STIBNITE CRYSTAL CLUSTER
A Stibnite crystal Cluster of large size. Many crystals have good terminations. The specimen shows stunning splays of crystals in all directions on a matrix of Antimony. This specimen is mounted on a perspex pad for enhanced display.
13.5cm x 7.5cm x 5.7cm, 522g.
Sb2S3, Antimony Sulfide.
Stibnite is a classic mineral species with fine crystal clusters and long curved crystals being the pride of many collectors. The slender curved metallic blades of stibnite can resemble Arabian swords. The curving of the long bladed crystals is due to twinning where one twin plane bends the crystal one direction and another twin plane bends it in the other direction. This can occur numerous times down the length of one crystal. Stibnite’s crystal clusters are admired for their distinctive look with dozens of accicular or bladed crystals jutting out in many divergent directions. This ore of Antimony is thought to be one of the ingredients of the elixir of eternal youth philosophers stone. It is a toxic metal and should be handled with care.