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    Celestine
    Sakoany deposit, Katsepy Commune, Mitsinjo District, Boeny Region, Mahajanga Province, Madagascar

    A small zebu ranching, backwater village on the Northwest coast of Madagascar was the scene of a discovery that has helped the locals make a living since Celestine was discovered there in 1967. Celestine is Strontium Sulfate, and not just a prophecy, as some would have it. Why it chose to form crystal-lined geodes in this place seems to be linked with organic processes interacting with Strontium in seawater. This portion of a geode shows transparent, light blue crystals up to 3 inches (8 cm) in length, lining the interior of an irregular cavity in massive Celestine. Condition is excellent with the usual peripheral breakage where the rest of the geode was removed.
    Measurements: 9.3 x 7.3 x 5.7 inches (23.5 x 18.5 x 14.5 cm)
    Offered at no reserve.

    Provenance:
    Rainbow of Africa Collection


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    October, 2015
    15th Thursday
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