Vanadium 50mm Lucite Cube

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Vanadium 50mm Lucite Cube

55.00

Exotic-sounding vanadium's 15 minutes of fame never came being eternally tasked as an alloying agent in steel. Very seldom has any lab bothered to reduce the compounds it's normally found in to its native state but, and here's where that fame might be warranted, vanadium may well top the list of rarest element found in its native state when a few specks of the isolated metal were discovered on the side of a Mexican volcano. You go vanadium!

If you like your metals with a little more character than gray slabs tend to have then crystals are a good option because each will have a unique signature. The problem is that growing metallic crystals is very expensive. In most cases they're just lab curiosities without industrial or consumer appeal. There are some exceptions, however, like silicon which must be pure due the rigors of electronics and bismuth with its particularly interesting cubic structure.

Another exception is vanadium. A method, popular with Chinese refineries, finds ultrapure crystals made in multi-kilogram batches. Most of these icy looking sort-of-tree-like crystals are small but a few like this reach sizes over an inch.

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