Stibnite forms as delicate, elongated crystals with metallic luster that are lead-gray in color. It is an important source of antimony. In ancient times it was ground into a powder and mixed with fat to be used as the eye makeup called kohl. It was also a component in ancient flash powder.
- Optical Properties
- Characteristic Physical Properties
- Chemistry & Crystallography
Countries of Origin
Romania; Unknown; China; Japan
Soluble in hydrochloric and nitric acid. Do not expose to open flame as it melts at 546ºC. It is also very delicate so care must be taken not to damage specimens.