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What it does

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Another specimen of Bismuth.
Bismuth is a semimetal element well known for its crystal habits. Most specimens (like the one above) are of Bismuth that were crystallized in a lab and such forms aren’t really seen in nature. Natural bismuth has the same metallic luster, but not with the fluctuation of different colours, and it is often in clumps rather than crystals. Bismuth is most notably used in bright pink OTC antacids (ie: Pepto Bismol).

Crocoite, Lead Chromate, is a mineral with a beautiful red-orange colour, which its name is derived from. The colour greatly resembles that of the spice saffron (derived from crocus stigma), and the greek word for saffron is krokos. It is a very rare mineral, and requires very specific circumstances for crystallization.

Silver from Peru

Quartz and Fluorite is always good!

Almandite is one of the more common species of the Garnet group. It is/was used as an ornamental stone, whether in its natural form or cut into a cabochon. Crystals are often well formed but fall apart when taken out of their matrix because of internal cracks.
Chrysocolla, hydrous copper aluminum silicate, is a mineral with versatile uses. Chrysocolla is used as a flux for soldering gold, but is also used as a ornamental stone. Chrysocolla gets it name from its use in soldering gold; chrysos kolla meaning “gold glue” in Greek.

No doubt, Amethyst. Lovely!