Element83

Bismuth Crystals, Jewelry, and Maglevs

Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky | 6182 Sales

Element83

Bismuth Crystals, Jewelry, and Maglevs

Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 6182 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars (1298)

Announcement   Welcome to my shop where you'll find bismuth metal crystals artistically and expertly prepared to adorn your body, home and office. Every piece is designed and handcrafted with great care by me. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed with Element83, even on custom orders.

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Although it is scarcer than silver in the earth's crust, bismuth is a little known metal. In fact, there is currently only one mine in the world operated primarily for its extraction. I buy it, melt it and purify it. When it cools, the crystals form under a crucible of liquid metal as it slowly freezes. They come out of the molten metal the color of silver. Then they "choose" their own colors over the next few seconds, sometimes minutes. They gradually change from silver to gold to purple to cerulean, etc. The results are never the same but always amazing!

Bismuth is the most diamagnetic metal on earth and can cause a magnet to levitate without the consumption of any energy. It is stable, perpetual and breathtaking. See my Maglevs & Sculpture section for the most beautiful examples. It has the longest half life of any element and is used in modern medicine. Bismuth is also the only element that has been successfully transmuted into gold. (Search Nobel Laureate Glenn Seaborg of Berkeley University in California). This was done at near light speed in a particle accelerator.

This amazing element defies gravity, heals the sick (it's the ''bis" in Pepto Bismol), creates order and even beauty out of chaos and is the only metal to fulfill the most sought after goal of alchemy. It's nothing short of magic.

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Last updated on Mar 13, 2019

Welcome to my shop where you'll find bismuth metal crystals artistically and expertly prepared to adorn your body, home and office. Every piece is designed and handcrafted with great care by me. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed with Element83, even on custom orders.

Want to be the first to receive updates, special promotions, and discounts? Subscribe to our email newsletter and receive a coupon for 15% off your next order. Copy and paste this link in your browser to sign up: http://eepurl.com/crLvh9

Although it is scarcer than silver in the earth's crust, bismuth is a little known metal. In fact, there is currently only one mine in the world operated primarily for its extraction. I buy it, melt it and purify it. When it cools, the crystals form under a crucible of liquid metal as it slowly freezes. They come out of the molten metal the color of silver. Then they "choose" their own colors over the next few seconds, sometimes minutes. They gradually change from silver to gold to purple to cerulean, etc. The results are never the same but always amazing!

Bismuth is the most diamagnetic metal on earth and can cause a magnet to levitate without the consumption of any energy. It is stable, perpetual and breathtaking. See my Maglevs & Sculpture section for the most beautiful examples. It has the longest half life of any element and is used in modern medicine. Bismuth is also the only element that has been successfully transmuted into gold. (Search Nobel Laureate Glenn Seaborg of Berkeley University in California). This was done at near light speed in a particle accelerator.

This amazing element defies gravity, heals the sick (it's the ''bis" in Pepto Bismol), creates order and even beauty out of chaos and is the only metal to fulfill the most sought after goal of alchemy. It's nothing short of magic.

Ernie McElhannon

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Excited to share our new sun and moon bismuth crystal copper toned ring!
Celebrate spring with our new sterling and bismuth crystal flower necklace. You choose the color of the crystal bloom. It's not too late to surprise Mom with this unique gift for Mother's Day!
Our bismuth and copper moon choker now has a 2 inch adjustable clasp, a wide variety of lengths, and faux leather options!
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About

Curiosity and creativity are nearly identical sensations.

I was making a periodic table with my children. We were collecting as many examples of the elements as we could find when we came across the very last stable element, bismuth. That, of course, is element 83.
First we learned about its diamagnetic properties. It actually repels both the north and the south poles of magnets. It's a weak effect, but it's real and demonstrable
Bismuth is the most diamagnetic metal we know of, and if you balance things precisely enough you can create stable levitation. We had to try it. If you look in my “Maglevs and Sculptures” section you should be able to find a few examples of this.
My first job for a couple of decades has been teaching art. Naturally, the aesthetic value of bismuth stood out to me. My children and I wanted more, so we bought more, and sold some of our creations to pay for the habit.
Etsy is a perfect platform for this. You, reading this, might be in California, Ireland or Singapore. It’s amazing what the internet has done for artists, and those who love to buy art. Who would have dreamed when I was a child that I would someday post an ad on what is essentially an electronic bulletin board from my living room, and through it sell something to someone on the other side of the planet? Thank you for visiting my shop. I hope you enjoy what you see.

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  • Ernie McElhannon

    Owner, Artist

    I commit my alchemy in my Kentucky home studio. Everything you see here in my shop was handmade by me.

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Last updated on Apr 23, 2016
Frequently asked questions
Can I make a special request about colors, sizes etc.

Absolutely! I return communications promptly. Just click on "Ask a question" beside the price in any listing.

How quickly can I expect a response to my questions?

It will make your head spin.

Can I request faster shipping?

Yes! Custom items will still take a couple of days to prepare, though, since I make them after you order. Click "Ask a question" next to the price in any listing.

What if I custom order something, and I'm not happy with it? Can I still return a custom order?

Yes! Your satisfaction is always guaranteed with Element83, even on custom orders. I will either try again or refund your money. The choice is always yours.