Grey stibnite crystals with white dolomite.
2.7 cm x 1.5 cm x 1.2 cm
From the McLaughlin Mine, Napa County, California
Stibnite is an ore of antimony. Historically it has been used in cosmetics, as eyeliner(kohl) and as a type lead in typesetting. Today antimony is used as an alloying material with lead and tin and is used in acid batteries. As an alloy, antimony improves the properties of solders, bullets and bearings. It is used as a component of fire retardnacts in commercial and domestic products. An emerging application is the use of in microelectronics.
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