Friday, February 10, 2012

Gemstone of the Week: Celestite

(Celestite image found on Exceptional
 Images of Celestite

Celestite is a transparent to translucent crystal that is generally either clolourless, white, red, green, blue, or brown.  It often forms as tabular crystals, but may also be massive, fibrous, granular, or nodular.  It's name 'Celestite' comes from the Latin word 'coelestis' meaning "heavenly,"  it was given this name because of the stone's colour.  It is a stone with perfect cleavage, and an uneven fracture.  Celestite is found in Madagascar, Mexico, Italy, Canada, England, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, and the U.S.

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