ABOUT US

Founded April 2018, The Bismuth Smith began with $200 and a Dream.
After seeing the beautiful crystal structures and colors present in run of the mill bismuth crystals Kyle Lauzon, the bismuth smith himself, saw the potential in the metal. After being told it we too brittle to work with and that controlling the colors was impossible, Kyle set off. Beginning with one small facility and a vision, he began experimenting.


Today, 2 years later, after much trial and error and the development of innovative new techniques for controlling bismuth’s crystal growth and oxidization process; The Bismuth Smith has grown to 6 facilities across 2 buildings, a staff that is more like family than a business, a thriving community who believe in the potential the brand holds, and a vision and plan for new innovations to come.
What’s next for The Bismuth Smith? That is for you to watch and find out.

WHAT IS BISMUTH?

The Bismuth Smith:

As a kid I was interested in the Rock and Minerals, and Chemistry. I started growing Bismuth as a challenge from a jewellery store in a small Town of Picton, Ontario. This slowly became a passion for me, I’ve dedicated my life to producing new and amazing items for the average person to be able to afford high end home décor. Bismuth is a brittle metal that is over 8 times rarer than silver, and half as rare as gold.
I work this pure metal element, like a gold-smith works with gold to make eye-catching and unique products. Bismuth is number 83 on the Periodic Table, it takes on an oxide layer that produces vibrant colors (similar to rust on iron, although far more beautiful) the colors are caused by a phenomenon called thin film interference. Think of it like a soap bubble or oil on water, this oxide film layer is so thin that it breaks the light spectrum apart into colors. The visible light spectrum is 300 to 700 nanometers (less than 1000th of a human hair) on Bismuth, the transparent layer of oxide is the same diameter as a light wave, which results in it breaking apart the light into colors much like a prism does.

Properties: Bismuth crystalizes and expands upon solidification, so casts of the metal must be made hollow in order to prevent cracking, leaving a beautiful crystal structure. It is the most diamagnetic natural material known and is a super conductor at low temperatures and is electrically and thermally resistant at high temperatures.
Density: (as a solid) 9.78 grams per cm
Density: (as a liquid) 10.05 grams per cm
Melting temperatures: 520 F or 271 C