Large, 13" Celestine (Celestite) Geode (40 Lbs) - Madagascar

This is a large, 13" wide by 9.6" deep, sky blue celestine crystal filled geode, collected from Madagascar. The crystals are in excellent condition and range from small to medium in size. The measurements of this geode are 13 x 9.6 x 8" and it weighs just under 40 lbs.

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
13 x 9.6 x 8", Just under 40 lbs