CELESTITES FROM MADAGASCAR     Celestite is the way to go..! It's new, it's exciting , it's the way to open your eyes to look into the world of the ultimate natural crystals of CELESTINE , (the French translation of Celestite ) Only one place in this world produces these extraordinary crystal formations and geodes and that's MADAGASCAR!! Sky-blu...

CELESTITES FROM MADAGASCAR     Celestite is the way to go..! It's new, it's exciting , it's the way to open your eyes to look into the world of the ultimate natural crystals of CELESTINE , (the French translation of Celestite ) Only one place in this world produces these extraordinary crystal formations and geodes and that's MADAGASCAR!! Sky-blue and sometimes pale blue to white, these crystal clusters are most of times sold at very high prices! We are selling these top quality Celestite clusters at TRUE wholesale prices!! Chemical Composition: Strontium Sulfate, sometimes with much Barium Hardness: 3 - 3 1/2 Occurrence: Sky-blue colored brittle clusters of crystals, orthorhombic in structure, transparent to translucent. In the U.S. Celestite may be found in New York, Ohio, and California. Excellent specimens are currently found in Madagascar. Also called celestine. Metaphysical Properties: Clarity of mind, clear communication skills, balances energies, calming, harmonious. Excellent for use in dream recall and astral travel. In healing, celestite replaces pain with loving light. This delicate and exquisite crystal is lovely to behold. Corresponding Astrological Sign: Gemini Celestite Minerals From Madagascar. Excellent Gift Ideas FEATURES & CHARACTERISTICS Celestite, also called Celestine, is a mineral that is rare and splendid. In Madagascar, the celestite is found in geodes in sedimentary rocks . A geode is a rock formation with crystals within. The beautiful celestite geodes and celestite crystals constitute perfect gifts for very special occasions. Also collectible home and office decor and ornament. Their different sized sparkling crystals make them rare mineral specimens This rarity and beauty explain that those outstanding mineral specimens are the mineral collectors favourites. Although it can be found across the globe in few countries in limited quantities, Madagascar is known to be enriched with the elegant blue crystals of Celestite. This blue mineral is a rarely found influential stone. Its unique characteristics and powers distinguish it from the other stones. We are offering you exceptional quality Celestite geodes and crystals

MADAGASCAR AMMONITES     Ammonites are an extininct group of marine animals also known as Cepahalopods meaning that their head and foot protruded out of the same opening of the shell. They are related to the extant cuttlefish, squid, and octopus family. They are excellent index fossils, and it is often possible to link the rock layer in which they are found to specific geological time periods. Their fossilized shells usually take the form of planispirals, although there were some helically-spiraled and non-spiraled forms (known as "heteromorphs"). The name Ammonite came from their spiral shape as their fossilized shells somewhat resemble tightly-coiled ram's horns. In ancient times they called fossils of these animals ammonis Cornua ("horns of Ammon") after the Egyptian god Ammon who was typically depicted wearing ram's horns. Often the name of an ammonite genus ends in ceras , which is Greek for "horn" (for instance, Pleuroceras) The soft body of the creature occupied the largest segments of the shell at the end of the coil. The smaller earlier segments were walled off and the animal could maintain its buoyancy by filling them with gas. Thus the smaller sections of the coil would have floated above the larger sections. Many ammonoids probably lived in the open water of ancient seas, rather than at the sea bottom. This is evidenced by the fact that their fossils are often found in rocks that were laid down under conditions where no bottom-dwelling life is found. The chambered part of the ammonite shell is called a "Phragmocone". The phragmocone contains a series of progressively larger chambers, called "Camerae" that are divided by thin walls called "Septa". Only the last and largest chamber, the "Body chamber" was occupied by the living animal at any given moment. As it grew, it added newer and larger chambers to the open end of the coil. A thin living tube called a "Siphuncle" passed through the septa, extending from the ammonite's body into the empty shell chambers. The ammonite emptied water out of these shell chambers. This enabled it to control the buoyancy of the shell and thereby rise or descend in the water column. Ammonites may have reached up to 6' in diameter. There are several hundred species than can be found throughout the world. Our ammonite fossils are from Madagascar (Cretaceous 65-146 million)

AMETHYST & QUARTZ CRYSTAL SLICES     Often mistaken and wrongly named  AMETHYST FLOWERS. "Amethyst and Quartz slices with Agate center". This name would be better than Amethyst Stalactite slices. Stalactites and stalagmites developed and are still developing in LIMESTONE CAVES and thus are limestone formations, nothing to do with quartz formations. Sometimes columns of amethyst and/or quartz crystals formed inside amethyst geodes, often accompanied with spectacular calcite crystal formations. Many of the larger Uruguayan amethyst geodes are too big for many collectors, as space is often an issue. The clusters, or single columns of amethyst are with great care removed from the inside of these geodes by destroying the geodes. Of course that small part of the geode itself, from where these columns have developed is the base of the newly created specimen. It happens sometimes that some columns break during the delicate operation. These broken columns now are sliced into 4 to 5 mm thick pieces, polished on two sides and sold individually to the jewelry industry and the larger ones to the mineral collectors.

PHANTOM CALCITES     Sometimes referred to as Mariposa Calcite (although there is ongoing debate as to whether this is because the inclusions look like the Mariposa butterfly or because this is the name of the mine where this type of Calcite comes from). We call it Phantom Calcite to describe the reddish ore which appears to be inside the calcite. Calcite has grown over the ore and occasionally the internal crystal protrudes.In the grottos where the calcite has grown, Goethite will sometimes cover the crystals. During mining, if the Goethite is thin, it splintered away from the phantom calcite but thicker layers will remain.11 years ago Rene luckily had the foresight to stock up on Phantom calcite when on a buying trip in Mexico. Rene and his guide Hector tirelessly searched the village of Santa Eulalia for phantom calcite. Time and time again being told by the locals that they had sold out the day before to some Japanese buyers. At the end of the day when Rene and Hector had just about given up hope, a small boy approached and said "Mr. Do you want to buy some Phantom Calcite". It was music to their ears. The boy guided Rene and Hector to a house where boxes of stunning Phantom calcite specimens had been hidden under a bed. There were over 100 specimens and Rene bought the lot!The price of Phantom Calcite has recently gone through the roof. This is due to the mine becoming completely flooded, which in turn stops miners from unearthing this amazing mineral for ever.

AMETHYST FLOWER CRYSTALS     "Smaller Amethyst Flower Crystals" for the discerned collectors of mineral specimens and for making jewellery.One of Mother Nature’s very rare and beautiful quartz crystal formations.Amethyst flowers are in fact silica/quartz replica's from calcite formations.A so called a amethyst pseudo morph.Quartz with iron infiltration,(Iron makes quartz purple) has formed around a calcite crystal formation.Over many years calcite has desolved and quartz, combined with some iron, replaced precisely the calcites formation shapes!  The mining of these Amethyst Flowers is one of the most difficult and delicate mining operations in Rio Grande do Sul.Amethyst Flowers are hidden in small pockets in hard basalt.The basalt seem ranges between 20 and 30 metres in width and several kilometres in length.This seem of basalt runs through a valley and is covered  with a dense layer of soil and vegetation.To get to the basalt, bulldozers completely remove this top layer. Then holes approximately 25 to 30 cm deep are drilled into the basalt which are loaded with explosives.The explosion that follows destroys about 60% of the flowers!  Only the complete flowers visible in the pockets can be removed.Miners sell those to companies that deal in mineral specimens. Museums and private collectors are the end buyers.Some dealers are selling fragments and incomplete Amethyst Flowers, broken during dynamite explosions.These fragments should be much cheaper than the complete ones.Be thorough when purchasing Amethyst Flowers to ensure you know whether you are buying a fragment or a whole specimen.Due to the environmental impact, the Brazilian government is regulating the mining of Amethyst Flowers and all 4 mines in Brazil are temporarily shut down until new mining guidelines are established.Some miners have bulldozed tons of dirt over the the open mining activities in the interim.It may take up to 3 years before new laws are in place and mining can resume.Future prices are expecting to double or triple.These Amethyst Flowers have been purchased with this foresight in mind, still at the right price.Have look at our "Flowers...."They are beautiful!

CELESTITE CRYSTALS     Celestine or Celestite (SrSO4) is a mineral consisting of strontium sulfate. If you really are interested in more information, you could visit Wikipedia and get many more details. If you are interested in collecting mineral specimens and of course those who believe in the healing properties of Celestite, than this is definitely the site for you. The French influence in Madagascar 1896 - 1945 called Celestite; Celestine (Very French indeed) Very few people know this fact. Also in general people do not know that the end of many specimens ending with - ITE means STONE! Like Azurite=Azure=blue..Blue stone!...Tanzanite= stone of Tanzania...! LABRADORITE=stone of Labrador.. Although found in several other countries. Many stones are named after the discovery of certain prospectors...Adamite..Named after the French mineralogist Gilbert-Joseph Adam ... Etc,etc. It will be interested to look up other ITES/STONES. The pale blue/sky blue colour of Celestite is very attractive and Celestite specimens are home of many world wide collectors. Although larger specimens are very heavy (Postage..!) it still is worthwhile having a nice and spectacular specimen in your collection. Of course undoubtedly Madagascar Celestine is the most spectacular of all Celestites in the world. We sell many specimens Celestite Museum quality Celestite geodes, but you have to ask for special editions not on display. Many years ago we bought a large shipment of Celestine geodes Madagascar and are offering larger spectacular specimens at wholesale prices.. Please contact us for more information. Story by Rene Boissevain www.crystalcaves.com.au   

DARK AMETHYST DOME SPECIMENS     from Uruguay It's the nicest amethyst from Uruguay I have ever seen in over 45 years. Although there are only a few pieces with the larger crystals, suitable for faceting, they all are top collectors specimens in many different sizes.



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