Bismuth

Natural or Man Made?

We get asked this a lot in the shop, and people are surprised to find out that the intricate and seemingly geometric shapes it creates are completely natural.

Usually found as crystals in the sulphides ores of nickel, cobalt, silver and tin. Bismuth is mainly produced as a by-product from lead and copper smelting, particularly in the USA.

You have probably eaten Bismuth as it is used in many medicines as well as in sprinkler systems, pigments for cosmetics and glass & ceramics.

We have a huge display of it in the museum as well as several unique pieces for sale in the Gift Shop.