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Moissanite

Friday, May 1st, 2009

The chemical formula of mineral Moissanite is indicated by SiC or Silicon Carbide. This Moissanite is actually classified under the Native Elements mineral class. Moissanite is also classified as a non-metal. Mineral Moissanite is used only as mineral specimen that are usually studied and observed in the field of optical mineralogy. But it is also […]

Aluminum

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

The chemical formula of Aluminum is indicated by the formula Al or Elemental Aluminum. Aluminum is classified under the Elemental mineral class. Aluminum derived its name from a Latin word alumen for alum. The dyeing mordants used by the ancient Greeks and by ancient Romans are in form of Aluminum salts. They also used it […]

Native Antimony

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

The chemical formula of Native Antimony is indicated by Sb or Element Antimony. Native Antimony is classified under the Elemental mineral class. The name Antimony originated from a Greek words “anti” and “monos”, which means a metal not found alone. Antimony was recognized in compounds by the ancients and was known as a metal at […]

Native Arsenic

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

The chemical formula for Native Arsenic is indicated by As or Elemental Arsenic. Arsenic is actually classified under the Elemental mineral class in the field of optical mineralogy. Arsenic is a chemical element with symbol As and an atomic number 33 in the periodic table of elements. In the year 1250, Element Arsenic was believed […]

Chengdeite

Monday, February 16th, 2009

The chemical formula of Chengdeite is indicated by Ir3Fe or Iridium Iron. Chengdeite actually belongs to the Native Elements mineral class. The name Chengdeite was actually derived from its locality, the Chengde County in China. Chengdeite mineral was first discovered in this placer deposits in the early year 1990s. Mineral Chengdeite is commonly used as […]

Bismuth

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

The chemical formula of the mineral Bismuth is indicated by Bi, the Elemental Bismuth. Bismuth is classified under Native Elements class in optical mineralogy. Bismuth has been known since the ancient times. Bismuth was actually first discovered in 1546 at Saxony, Germany. In early 18th century, Bismuth was actually confused with lead and tin. Claude […]

Brass

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

The chemical formula of the mineral Brass is indicated by Cu3Zn2 or Copper Zinc. Brass is actually a Native Element. It is actually not yet an officially recognized mineral, but has been proposed as a mineral. Brass was first used in the Near East and then with an extensive use in China and soon after […]

Sulfur

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

The chemical composition of Sulfur is indicated by the chemical symbol S. Sulfur belongs to the Native Elements. It is known to crystallize in the orthorhombic crystal system. In optical mineralogy, the orthorhombic crystal system comprises crystals having three mutually perpendicular axes, of which all are of different lengths. The hardness measure of Sulfur when […]

Graphite

Monday, April 14th, 2008

        Graphite is an Elemental Carbon with chemical symbol C. Graphite is one of the Native Elements found in nature. It is commonly used as lead in pencils. Graphite is also used in high-strength composites as well as lubricant. It is also used as a toughener of steel. As a mineral specimen, Graphite usually […]

The Native Elements Mineral Class

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

When this Elemental Class is taken as a whole, it is really a very diverse class, which includes over one hundred known minerals in the mineral world. The diversity of this class is mostly due to the diversity of its non-metals subclass. The other subclasses are the metals and the alloys. These two subclasses of […]

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