Trinitite was formed during the historic Trinity
test of the world's first atomic bomb. Large amounts of desert sand and
debris were vaporized into the mushroom cloud and the ground below was
liquified into blobs. These blobs cooled and solidified into Trinitite.
Collection of new Trinitite samples is now prohibited and access to the
old testing site is blocked. The only Trinitite on the market is old
stock from before the 1950's ban. This material is safe to own (stored properly)
because the most dangerous isotopes have a short-life and they have
since degraded into less-harmful decay products. However, this material
still has residual radioactivity and will set off a Geiger counter.
is your chance to own a piece of human history - a relic from the day
mankind mastered the atom and opened the pandora's box of nuclear
power. This is the very same material that was generated on the day
that the famous physicist Robert Oppenheimer uttered his historic quote
- "I have become Shiva, destroyer of worlds."
These specimens are the rare red variation
which is far less common than the green which is typically seen.
Refer to the photo. You are purchasing ONE fragment from
the larger lot shown. Your purchase will include a labelled gemjar
for safe storage.
A few more words about the safety and legality of Trinitite :
of the most harmful radioactive materials in Trinitite have long since
decayed into less-harmful decay products. For example, when
fresh (right after formation), this material was "hot" with trace
amounts of Plutonium. However, the hot isotopes in Trinitite have a
short half-life, and after 50 years it is safe to responsibly own.
I keep my personal specimens in sealed acrylic gem jar or Riker boxes in
my specimen cabinet. Do not handle it, and if you do, be sure to wash your hands afterwards and
don't do anything that might crumble or break the Trinitite which could
Just to be clear for everyone - it is legal to
own this material and it is legal to sell this material. It is also
legal to ship small quantities of trinitite inside the US. It is *not* legal to go to the
Trinity site, hop the fence, and dig up more material. All of the
Trinitite on the market was gathered before the prohibition.
Keep trinitite away from children, pets, or curious hands. This is
considered a collectible for advanced mineral collectors of radioactive
ores and related materials.
NOTE - the black cube is 1cm square and is shown for size reference. It is not included.