Metal Crystals Photo Gallery

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Beautiful Metal Crystals

Bismuth is an easy metal crystal to grow.
Bismuth is an easy metal crystal to grow. Karin Rollett-Vlcek / Getty Images

Did you know metals could grow as crystals? Some of these crystals are exceedingly beautiful and some can be grown at home or in a standard chemistry lab. This is a collection of photos of metal crystals, with links to instructions for growing metal crystals.

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Bismuth Crystals

Bismuth is a crystalline white metal, with a pink tinge.
Metal Crystals Bismuth is a crystalline white metal, with a pink tinge. The iridescent color of this bismuth crystal is the result of a thin oxide layer on its surface. Dschwen, wikipedia.org

One of the most incredible metal crystals is also one of the easiest and most affordable to grow. Basically, you just melt bismuth. It crystallizes upon cooling.

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Silver Crystal

This is a photo of a crystal of pure silver metal, deposited electrolytically.
Metal Crystals This is a photo of a crystal of pure silver metal, deposited electrolytically. Note the dendrites of the crystals. Alchemist-hp, Creative Commons License

Silver crystals are not difficult to grow, but because silver is a precious metal, this project is a bit more expensive. However, you can grow small crystals from a solution quite simply.

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Gold Crystals

These are crystals of pure gold metal.
Metal Crystals These are crystals of pure gold metal. Alchemist-hp, Creative Commons License

Gold crystals sometimes occur in nature. While you probably won't ever get enough of this metal to grow crystals, you can play with a solution of the element to make the gold appear purple.

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Tellurium Crystal

Tellurium is a brittle silver-white metalloid.
Tellurium is a brittle silver-white metalloid. This image is of an ultra-pure tellurium crystal, 2-cm in length. Dschwen, wikipedia.org

Tellurium crystals may be produced in a lab when the element is very pure.

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Yttrium Metal Crystal

This is a photo of an ultrapure (99.99%) crystal of yttrium metal.
Metal Crystals This is a photo of an ultrapure (99.99%) crystal of yttrium metal. The yttrium crystal, which shows the crystal dendrites, is 3 cm long and has been cast in acrylic. Jurii, Creative Commons

Yttrium crystals do not occur in nature. This metal is found combined with other elements. It's difficult to purify to get the crystal, but it's certainly pretty.

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Cesium Crystals

This is a high-purity sample of cesium crystals.
Metal Crystals This is a high-purity sample of cesium crystals maintaining in an ampule under an argon atmosphere. Dnn87, Wikipedia Commons

You can order cesium metal online. It comes in a sealed container because this metal reacts violently with water. The element melts a bit warmer than room temperature, so you can heat the container in your hand and watch crystals form upon cooling.

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Gallium Crystals

Pure gallium has a bright silver color.
Metal Crystals Pure gallium has a bright silver color. These crystals were grown by the photographer. Foobar, wikipedia.org

Gallium, like cesium, is an element that melts just above room temperature. You can hold this element in your hand to melt it. Crystals form upon cooling.

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Magnesium Crystals

Crystals of elemental magnesium.
Metal Crystals Crystals of elemental magnesium, produced using the Pidgeon process of vapor deposition. Warut Roonguthai
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Vanadium Crystal

This is a photo of bars of pure crystalline vanadium.
Metal Crystals This is a photo of bars of pure crystalline vanadium. Vanadium is a silverish gray transition metal. Alchemist-hp, Creative Commons License
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Osmium Crystals

This is a photo of a crystal of ultrapure osmium metal.
Metal Crystals This is a photo of crystals of ultrapure osmium metal. The osmium crystals were produced by chemical transport reaction in chlorine gas. Alchemist-hp, Creative Commons License
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Zirconium Crystal

This is a bar of crystalline 99.97% pure zirconium metal.
Metal Crystals This is a bar of crystalline 99.97% pure zirconium metal. Alchemist-hp, Creative Commons License
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Copper Crystals

Crystals of copper metal, with a penny to show scale.
Metal Crystals Crystals of copper metal on a sample, with a penny to show scale. U.S. Geological Survey
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Thulium Crystals

This is a photo of ultrapure crystalline thulium.
Metal Crystals This is a photo of ultrapure crystalline thulium which was prepared using sublimation. Thulium is a lustrous bright silvery-gray metal. Jurii, Creative Commons License
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Europium Metal Crystals

This is a photo of europium in a glovebox under argon.
Metal Crystals This is a photo of europium in a glovebox under argon. The dendrites in the 300g crystalline sample are readily apparent. Europium is a metal that oxidizes instantly in air. Alchemist-hp, Creative Commons License
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Niobium Crystals

These are crystals of the metal niobium.
Metal Crystals These are crystals of the metal niobium. The central niobium crystal measures 7 mm. Art-top, Wikipedia Commons
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Hafnium Crystals

These are crystal of hafnium, one of the transition metals.
Metal Crystals These are crystal of hafnium, one of the transition metals. Alchemist-hp, Creative Commons License
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Gallium Crystal

This is a picture of pure gallium metal crystallizing from melted liquid gallium.
Metal Crystals This is a picture of pure gallium metal crystallizing from melted liquid gallium. Tmv23 & dblay, Creative Commons License
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Thulium Crystal

This is a picture of forms of elemental thulium.
This is a photo of several dendrites (crystals) of thulium and a 1 cubic centimeter cube of thulium metal. Alchemist-hp, Creative Commons License
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Lutetium Crystals

This is a photo of various forms of lutetium.
This is a photograph of a 1 cubic centimeter cube of lutetium metal and several pieces of sublimed lutetium metal dendrites (crystals). Alchemist-hp, Creative Commons License
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Tungsten Crystals

These are high-purity tungsten or wolfram rods, crystals and a cube.
These are high-purity tungsten or wolfram rods, crystals and a cube. The crystals on the tungsten rod show a colorful oxidation layer. Alchemist-hp
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Titanium Crystals

This is a bar of high-purity titanium crystals.
This is a bar of high-purity titanium crystals. Alchemist-hp
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Molybdenum Crystal

This is a photo of a piece of crystalline molybdenum and a cube of molybdenum metal.
This is a photo of a piece of crystalline molybdenum and a cube of molybdenum metal. The crystalline molybdenum was produced via ebeam remelting. Alchemist-hp
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Lead Crystal

These are electrolytically deposited nodules of lead and a high-purity lead metal cube.
These are electrolytically deposited nodules of lead and a high-purity lead metal cube. The surface of the lead nodules is darkened due to oxidation. Alchemist-hp
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Chromium Crystals

These are crystals of pure elemental chromium metal and a one cubic centimeter cube of chromium.
These are crystals of pure elemental chromium metal and a one cubic centimeter cube of chromium. Alchemist-hp, Creative Commons License
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Zinc Metal Crystals

Zinc or spelter is a silvery-gray metallic element.
Zinc or spelter is a silvery-gray metallic element. This photo shows a cube of zinc, crystalline zinc from an ingot and sublimed dendritic zinc. Alchemist-hp
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Platinum Metal Crystals

Platinum is a dense, grayish-white transition metal.
Platinum is a dense, grayish-white transition metal. These crystals of pure platinum were grown by gas phase transport. Periodictableru, Creative Commons License
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Niobium Crystals

Niobium has a bright metallic luster that develops a blue cast when the metal is exposed to air.
Niobium has a bright metallic luster that develops a blue cast when the metal is exposed to air for a long period of time. This photo shows pure electrolytically-produced niobium crystals and a cube of anodized niobium. Alchemist-hp
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Yttrium Metal Crystals

Yttrium is a silvery rare earth metal.
Yttrium is a silvery rare earth metal. This is a photograph of yttrium crystal dendrites and a yttrium metal cube. Alchemist-hp
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Zirconium Metal Crystals

Zirconium is a lustrous gray transition metal.
Zirconium is a lustrous gray transition metal. This is a photo of zirconium crystal bars and a cube of highly purified zirconium metal. Alchemist-hp
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Ruthenium Crystals

Ruthenium is a very hard, white transition metal belonging to the platinum group.
Ruthenium is a very hard, white transition metal belonging to the platinum group. This is a photo of ruthenium crystals that were grown using the gas phase method. Periodictableru
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Palladium Crystal

Palladium is a lustrous, silvery-white metal belonging to the platinum group of transition metals.
Palladium is a lustrous, silvery-white metal belonging to the platinum group of transition metals. This is a crystal of purified palladium, about 1 cm x 0.5 cm. Jurii
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Osmium Crystals

This cluster of osmium crystals was grown using chemical vapor transport.
Osmium is a brittle and hard blue-black transition metal. This cluster of osmium crystals was grown using chemical vapor transport. Periodictableru
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