This mineral took my breath way. I was entranced for 20 minutes staring at the crystalline structure. I see towers in decay, marching columns, collapsing terraces, twisted picture frames, toppling roofs, and winding staircases. The sample as a whole strongly resembles a city in ruin. The rich colors are translucent, iridescent and metallic. Since it's a photograph, I had difficulty identifying the Mineral.
5. Hardness (MOHS Scale)
6. Crystal Structure and Shape
7. Specific Gravity
All very difficult to test without the actual sample. I can't turn the crystals to count the number of faces. Although the crystals are elongated, and are perhaps twins, again I can't be sure. I can't guess the molecular weight without at least holding it in my hand. I can't break a piece off or scratch it with various objects to determine the hardness as described by the MOHS Hardness Scale.
Heidi and Andrew (both Geologists) were able to determine that this Mineral is BISMUTH. However, the crystals in this sample are not naturally occuring in nature. This particular sample of Bismuth is lab grown.
|Anthro's Building Blocks Top Print|
Another characteristic that inspired me was the Iridescent Blues in the Mineral. Denim would be a perfect answer. Even better is Leifsdottir's Dark Denim Ruched Panel Skirt. In addition, the ruched panel on the skirt front directly translates to the stacked, elongated crystals that form rows of columns or stairs depending on which direction the crystals are oriented.
The same column like behavior is seen again in the vertical piping on Anthro's From The Poles Jacket by Sparrow. See me wear this Jacket differently HERE. Honestly, I would have never in a Million Eons thought up this combination. I was amazed that I could transfer these characteristics directly over to styling an outfit. And it took no more than 30 minutes of effort.
Dark Denim Ruched Panel Skirt - by Leifsdottir - Gilt Fuse Orig $150 Sale $64 - Oct 2009
Opaque Tights in Green - by Hue - Anthro Orig $12.50 Sale $7 - Feb 2011
Sevilla Heels - by Coclico - Anthro Orig $385 Sale $190 Red Tag $142 - Jan 2010
Nothing like this gorgeous Purple pair of Seville Heels by Coclico with staircase like ruching right down the front. I had just received the Opaque Tights in Green by Hue the same day, and planned to use them for something entirely different that fell through. Perfect timing. Olive Green, Navy and Purple are such a marvelous color combination.
You can see a slightly better view of Anthro's Meteorology Necklace made from Smokey QTZ, Purple Amethyst and Lime Green Prynite.
Can you spot some of the visual characteristics of the Mineral Bismuth that I attempted to capture in my photos.
Hints: For example, the Green Light Pole next to the Yellow Bicycle resembles the columns formed by the elongated crystals.
Please send me more Rock and Mineral Photos. See the Guidelines for Submission, outfit post dates and Giveaway at the bottom of the Post HERE.
Anthro Sister Love, Laura (lauramartinsemail)@yahoo.com