Antimony is a lustrous silvery-white semimetal or metalloid. Archaeological and historical studies indicate that antimony and its mineral sulfides have been used by humans for at least six millennia. The alchemist Basil Valentine is sometimes credited with “discovering” the element; he described the extraction of metallic antimony from stibnite in his treatise “The Triumphal Chariot of Antimony,” published sometime between 1350 and 1600. In the early 18th century, Jöns Jakob Berzelius chose the periodic symbol for antimony (Sb) based on stibium, which is the Latin name for stibnite.
|Title||Mineral Resource of the Month: Antimony|
|Authors||David E. Guberman|
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Series Title||Earth Magazine|
|Record Source||USGS Publications Warehouse|
|USGS Organization||National Minerals Information Center|