this stibnite cluster of shiny, metallic lustered crystals is from Baiut, Maramures Co, Romania
Named after the latin stibium, which is the old name of the element antimony (Sb). Stibnite was and continues to be the primary ore of antimony.
|Origin||Baiut, Maramures Co, Romania|
as ornaments. The mining in Japan has long since ceased and the crystals, which sometimes measured as much as 1 m, are today a precious rarity. They were most popular with the local inhabitants. who used them as flower supports or to make the little fences of Japanese miniature gardens. These unusual crystal creations of the mineral kingdom often also formed an essential part of the interior decor of many dwellings. The strange beauty of the Japanese antimonite vein cavities was exceptional. The walls of these natural caves were garnished with rich druses and tufts of the most magnificent columnar crystals, as dazzling as polished steel.
Today they can be seen only in museum collections.
The largest deposits of antimonite are in Mexico and in the Jiangxi province in China. The richest European deposits are at Bohutin and at Milesov near Pribram (Czech Republic), in the Little Carpathians (Slovakia), in Sardinia and Tuscany (Italy) and near Fojnica, Krupanj and Kostajnik (Serbia). Beautiful druses of antimony are found in Romania (Baia Sprie and Chiusbaia). Antimonite is the chief ore of antimony, of which it contains up to 71 per cent. Nearly three-quarters of the production is used for the manufacture of various alloys, particularly type metal (alloy of antimony and lead).