|Geneva, Uppsala—Marc Delafontaine, Jacques-Louis Soret, Per Teodor Cleve elements|
Delafontaine and Soret discovered its unique spectrographic absorption bands. They called it “Element X.” Cleve isolated from erbia oxides for it and thulium and named it after Holmia (Latin for Stockholm), where he had been born.
Atomic number 67
Holmium has the strongest magnetic field than any metal including iron and nickel. Holmium lasers are used in medicine and dentistry. Holmium provides a yellow or red color for jewellery, glass, and optical calibration. Holmium chloride is yellow in natural light but turns bright pink in fluorescent light.
Many known mineral species contain small percentages of holmium. We would like to form a committee to name yet undiscovered species. Hiddeninite would have the least percentage and noplacelikite would have the most. Hathookite and cantgobackite would never be found in the same rocks. Condoite and apartmentite would fiercely compete for your holmium buyer.