Stibnite, also known as antimony, belongs to the sulfide category of minerals. This material is soft and gray, and is known to crystallize in an orthorhombic (referring to a crystalline structure of three axes that are perpendicular and varying in length) space group. For metalloid Antimony, this is the primary source. You need to handle this antimony sulfide mineral with care as it is highly toxic.
Derivation of Name
Origin of the name may be traced to the Greek word “stibi’ which may have come from the Latin “stibium” as Antimony was the old name for it.
Stibnite is found in hydrothermal deposits. It is linked to Cinnabar, Realgar, Orpiment, Galena, Pyrite, Arsenopyrite, Cervantite, Marcasite, Stibiconite, Ankerite, Barite, Calcite And Chalcedony.
Stibnite possesses a strong grounding action to down the earth chakra and can ground surplus energy. The stone is unusual because it grounds only the physical body without grounding you emotionally or spiritually, making it extremely helpful to users. It helps avoiding physical harms, often experienced on your spiritual journeys, which could otherwise leave you quite ungrounded.
Undersized deposits of Stibnite are widespread, though big deposits are unusual. It is found in Canada, Mexico, Japan, China, Peru, Germany, Romania, France, England, Italy, Kalimantan, Borneo and Algeria. In the US it occurs in Arkansas, Nevada, California, Idaho and Alaska. Till May 2007, its largest sample of 1,000 pounds is on public display at the American Museum of Natural History. Its largest recorded lone crystals measuring 60×5×5 cm were derived from different sites at France, Japan and Germany.
Stibnite gets its name from the Latin Stibium, an old name of the element antimony (Sb). It was and is the chief ore of antimony. Stibnite shapes, some of the most terrific natural crystals as far as luster, sharpness and size are concerned. It can exist in groups of massive crystals having a metallic luster which are crafted in a classy manner and are remarkably shiny. Stibnite is regularly substituted by dull yellow Cervantite and Stibiconite. The pseudomorph is rarely only half-done, wherein, only a part of the crystal gets modified, while the rest remains together. Stibnite may rarely get stained with an iridescent, dull coating.
It comes in a lead-gray, adulterated blackish or flickering color, while polished sections are white.
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