Tiny Mining


The Ancient Egyptians used antimony sulfide as a mascara.
Revered by alchemists because of its uncanny power to purify gold.
Antimony is used in the electronics industry to make some semiconductor devices, such as infrared detectors and diodes.

Toxicology and location

Historically, antimony has been known for its emetic properties. Amounts as low as 0.529 mg/kg can result in vomiting. Oral exposure to antimony predominantly affects the gastrointestinal system.
Airborne antimony has effects in skin described as “antimony spots” which are pustules and eruptions in the trunk and limbs near sweat and sebaceous glands.

Insufficiency / Mining Side Effects


Private mining applications

As a symbol of protection, royal power and good health.
Purification of extracted gold.

Industrial scale mining

Infrared detectors and diodes
Cable sheathings