Metallic Stibnite Crystal Spray On Matrix - Xikuangshan Mine, China

This is a shiny, spray of slender, metallic stibnite crystals from the Xikuangshan Mine in China. The entire specimen measures 5 x 3.9 x 3.9" with the stibnite spray being 3" wide at its widest point.

The Xikuangshan Mine located in the northern part of the Xiangzhong Basin near Lengshuijiang City contains the world's largest deposit of antimony. It is unique in that there is a large deposit of stibnite in a layer of Devonian limestone.

Stibnite is a lead-gray mineral, usually occurring as striated prismatic crystals, that are made up of antimony sulfide and is the main ore of antimony. It often forms groups of long, shiny metallic crystals radiating out at different angles, which look like something out of a sci-fi movie.

Toxicity Warning: Stibnite (antimony) is toxic and can be harmful if inhaled or swallowed. Most of the risk is long-term, chronic exposure to its dust. While a crystal sitting on your shelf doesn't pose a health risk you should wash your hands after handling, keep out of reach of children and please don't lick the stibnites.
Xikuangshan Mine, Lengshuijiang, Hunan, China
Entire specimen 5 x 3.9 x 3.9", Spray 3" wide