Mineral Specimen #3222 Celestine with Hematite Coating
Yate, Chipping Sodbury District, South Gloucestershire, England, UK
12.8 x 4.5 x 7.2 cmLargest XL 1.8 x 2.0 x 0.7 cm
Ex. Menlo College (Atherton, California), Ex. E Meieran, Pre 1970
A large mass of Celestine crystals from a classic location. The specimen is from a location once famous for Celestine production for strontium. Celestine was mined from as early as 1820 until April 1991 with the heaviest production in the late 1800s. At one time, 90% of the world's Celestine was mined at Yate (see http://www.yateheritage.co.uk/history-of-yate/beneath-our-feet.htm). The crystals have a good luster, some more than others. The Celestine is white in color except in places where there is a reddish coating of Hematite.
The specimen is in fairly good condition  : but there are sections where the crystals are incomplete.
This mineral is also found in the following galleries: Minerals From Europe | Sulfates | Minerals Priced Between 25 and 49 Dollars