£1.50 – £2.25
Celestine mineral specimens from Yate, Bristol in the UK, these samples have a white or clear colouration and are more translucent than the Madagascan material, the crystals tend to be less well formed and smaller but they are must have for those seeking specifically, British minerals. Available in various sizes and supplied in a card tray with a label.
Celestine specimens (sometimes known as celestite) is a common, dense mineral composed of strontium sulphate which tends to have a delicate blue hue, although paler blues and even clear or white crystals are also found. It is for this colouration that celestine has often been sought after by many mineral collectors and dealers, especially high quality specimens. The colour and crystal quality varies depending on the locality, these particular specimens come from the Yate, Bristol in the UK, and so the crystals tend to be much smaller, less devloped and paler in comparison to our Madagascan and Moroccan material, infact they are very fine and delicate and the colour is white or transparent, however, if one is a collector of British minerals specifically, then these pieces should definitely be in your collection. Celestine was named by Abraham Gottlieb Werner (a German geologist) in 1799 and was derived from the Greek word "cœlestis," which means celestial, because of it's blue colouration. The crystals are typically orthorhombic and can have pointed tips, these pieces from the UK however are too fine to determine this, although the main mass is made up of crystalline massive celestine, certain surfaces have slightly larger, more developed crystals, the mineral can also form in large cavities forming rare celestine geodes. These particular pieces however are only available in 2 optional sizes, they exhibit a pale translucent blue colouration. Pieces will be supplied in a card tray with an information label.