Huge, 10.7" Celestine (Celestite) Geode (45 Lbs) - Top Quality

This is a large, top quality celestine geode from Madagascar. It measures 10.7" wide, weighs 45 lbs and has a deep pocket of large, high grade Celestine crystals. An exceptionally nice specimen.

There is a small hole in the back of the geode that's worth mentioning, for it allows light within the geode, as well provides a good spot for back lit presentation.

Celestite or Celestine is a sky blue mineral consisting of strontium sulfate (SrSO4). Celestine tends to form attractive, well-shaped crystals often found inside of geodes. The main source of Celestine is from the deposits on the northwestern coast of Madagascar.

This famous Madagascar locality discovered in 1967 has an annual production of about 15 tons of the material. It is located near the village of Sakoany, on the western side of the banks of the Betsiboka River. The celestine-bearing layer is found in a maximum 30 m thick lens between layers of crinoidal limestones and sandy greywacke from the end of the Cretaceous. It is mined by digging shafts up to 15m (50 feet) deep in order to reach the deposits. The celestine occurs mainly as 2 different types: as geodes up to a maximum size of 60 cm in diameter, and as crystal clusters up to 15 cm in diameter.

The world's largest known geode is 35 feet (10.7 m) in diameter at its widest point, and is located near the village of Put-in-Bay, Ohio. The geode has been converted into a viewing cave, Crystal Cave.
Celestine (Celestite)
Sakoany, Boeny, Madagascar
10.7" wide, 10.3" tall, 8.3" deep, 45 lbs