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Christian on Oct 8, 20205 out of 5 stars
really love these pieces. going to share the smaller ones with some good friends of mine. This looks awesome from both sides, like a cliffside ruin on one side and a portal on the other. many thanks!
Tristan on Aug 12, 20205 out of 5 stars
The most beautiful bismuth I've seen ! 🖤
Scott on Aug 6, 20205 out of 5 stars
Absolutely beautiful crystal. Every time I look at it I discover something new to love about it. Got this as a birthday gift for my girlfriend and she couldn't be happier with it. Worth every penny.
Justin on Jun 9, 20205 out of 5 stars
A beautiful bismuth piece. It was a bit smaller than I expected, but honestly, that's on me. It definitely lives up to its name, shape-wise.
Gia on Feb 26, 20175 out of 5 stars
Got this as a gift for my boyfriend and he absolutely loved it! It's beautiful. Thank you so much.
Reviewed by Inactive on Jan 10, 20175 out of 5 stars
wonderfull and quite big thank you
Farzam on Jun 3, 20165 out of 5 stars
Beautiful Crystal, Great Craftsmanship. Thank you.
Where Science Meets Art
Bismuth Cities is a Pittsburgh based art project founded & operated by Anthony Arcuri. Anthony’s main focus is on manipulating the element bismuth, an iridescent oxidizing metal capable of solidifying into perfectly straight lines, right angles, stair step patterning & pyramid structures through precise melting & cooling—Tearing a hole in the veil of our reality & exposing its mathematical nature while displaying its beauty & elegance.
Anthony became drawn to bismuth from its tendency to form pyramid structures reminiscent of the pyramids of ancient Egypt & Mesoamerica. This modern form of alchemy quickly became an obsession & has made way for an artistic expression that has come in the form of pieces small & large, jewelry & large collaborations. No matter the form, the curious nature of Bismuth Cities creations can be seen & felt.
Bismuth (Bi) is one of the elements from the periodic table of elements. It is a chemical element & pentavalent post-transition metal. Bismuth crystals or "hopper crystals" are formed when the element in its pure form is melted down to a liquid & then cooled carefully with the right timing & temperature control. When crystallized, bismuth is shown to form perfect straight lines, right angles, detailed step formations & intricate pyramid structures, often resembling futuristic/alien cities. Little is known as to how bismuth forms this way. Bismuth in lab-grade crystalline form is rare & even rarer in nature.
The color of the crystals is caused by a thin layer of bismuth oxide, that is formed when bismuth comes in contact with oxygen at the right temperature. The color can be any color of the rainbow, but in general some colors are more abundant than others.
As if bismuth wasn't already awesome at face value, it is also the most diamagnetic metal known to man. This means it repels magnetism enough to cause magnets to levitate. (example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRSgFvGXPYk )
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