Element83

Bismuth Crystals and Jewelry

Kentucky, United States · 4214 Sales

Element83

Bismuth Crystals and Jewelry

Kentucky, United States 4214 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Announcement   Welcome to Element83, the leader in innovative, handmade bismuth jewelry and bismuth art. The creation of bismuth crystals takes years of dedication and experimentation to master, but it is the artistic side of our line that has made Element83 a name known around the world. Our wide selection of bismuth necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, and cuff links, is handcrafted from the iridescent metal crystals that we grow for their specific purposes.

Although it is scarcer than silver in the earth's crust, bismuth is a little know 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 n 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 Niels 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, 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 Jun 18, 2016

Welcome to Element83, the leader in innovative, handmade bismuth jewelry and bismuth art. The creation of bismuth crystals takes years of dedication and experimentation to master, but it is the artistic side of our line that has made Element83 a name known around the world. Our wide selection of bismuth necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, and cuff links, is handcrafted from the iridescent metal crystals that we grow for their specific purposes.

Although it is scarcer than silver in the earth's crust, bismuth is a little know 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 n 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 Niels 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, 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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How I got started

I was just 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 would be element 83.
First we learned that it’s very diamagnetic. That means that if you balance things just right 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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    I'm an art teacher in Lexington, Kentucky. I proudly grow all of my crystals in my home studio for their specific purposes. Everything you see here in my shop was handmade by me.

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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.