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Celestine aka Celestite
Celestine aka Celestite is a mineral consisting of strontium sulfate. The mineral is named for its sometimes alluring
light blue color. Celestine is the principal source of strontium which is used in fireworks and metal alloy compounds.
Celestine normally occurs as crystals, or may occur as compact massive and fibrous forms. It is routinely found in
sedimentary rocks and can be associated with gypsum, anhydrite, or halite. Celestine is found all over the world,
usually in small quantities. Pale blue crystal geode specimens are found in Madagascar.

"Over the years, many localities across the state of Ohio have rewarded collectors with museum quality specimens.  
However, only a handful of these localities have become true classics in the global realm of mineral collecting.  
When considering the roster of classic Ohio localities, the Stoneco Inc. Lime City Quarry, noted especially for
outstanding honey brown Fluorite crystals and a wide variety of Celestine habits, must inarguably be included.   
Heavy mineralization throughout much of the quarry, locality unique specimens, typically with two or more minerals,
and a general availability of access in the past 50 years have led Lime City to fame among mineral collectors.  At
one time, the Stoneco Inc. Lime City operation was an ideal locality for club sponsored field trips, as the quarry was
famous for providing most visitors with easily obtainable specimens.   Only in the last 5 years has the quarry been
forced to regularly turn away collectors, due to ever stiffening mining laws.  Unfortunately, this means an end to what
at one time seemed a limitless supply of fine minerals.  To that extent, specimens from this favorite collecting
locality will soon join the ranks of Pugh and Clay Center, two classic Ohio localities where specimens are now only
available crushed and by the ton.   Further, and unless the quarry is again made available to collectors, old time,
quality specimens from Lime City will likely become increasingly hard to come by and quite costly, as has happened
with specimens from other classic closed Ohio localities.

Celestine Caves    Many outstanding large Celestine groups have been housed in famous museum collections
around the world including: The Smithsonian Institution, The AE Seaman Mineral Museum, The Carnegie Mellon
Hillman Hall, and The Ecole des Mines in Paris.  Most of these pieces came from one of several large cavernous
pockets known to local collectors as caves.  These caves, which were often large enough for an adult to stand
inside, would form in the center of large algal molds up to 30 feet in width and 15 feet in height.  In the late-1960's
and 1970's and early 1980's, these caves were routinely discovered rewarding collectors with many outstanding
specimens.   The typical Celestine crystal found in these caves was a white columnar cloudy crystal with a grayish
center, often referred to as a marshmallow Celestine.  These columnar crystals were known to grow to as much as 3
inches in length.   The specimens below are examples of this Celestine habit.   Notice the distinct cloudy white
columnar form known to be unique to this locality.   Some caves had similar Celestine crystals covered with small
scalenohedral tan Calcite.  Although the Celestine crystals were typically the same, the tiny Calcite crystals gave
these pieces an overall sandy appearance."

Excellent specimens of Celestine are found in the USA. In
New York Celestine was discovered in Lockport in
Niagara County, by workers digging the Erie Canal. Other finds occurred in Chittenango Falls, in Madison County
and in Walworth in Wayne County.  
Ohio localities are Put-In-Bay on South Bass Island in Lake Erie, Lime City in
Wood County, Portage in Wood County, The Pugh Quarry in Wood County and Clay Center in Ottawa County.  
Pennsylvania localities are the Meckley Quarry in Mandata in Northumberland County and Bell's Mill in Bellwood in
Blair County.
Michigan localities are the Scofield Quarry and the Newport Quarry in Monroe County.  Illinois
localities are the Annabel Lee mine, in Hardin County.  Western State localities include
Texas at Bull Creek in the
town of Austin in Travis County and
California in Death Valley in Inyo County.

Information from “Tribute to an Ohio Classic: Stoneco Inc. Lime City Quarry, Wood County, Ohio
by Joseph W. Vasichko, Vasichko Minerals, Wooster, Ohio”   http://www.rockmanjoe.com/Limecity.html
This is a rare specimen of hexagonal
"Marshmellow" Celestine from the famous
Celestine Caves in the Stoneco Inc Quarry in
Lime City, Ohio. This is a very stunning
specimen of a highly sought after mineral
from a closed location.
This piece weighs 4.5oz or 0.28 lbs (127g)
and measures 2.8 x 1.79 x 0.95 inches
(7.3 x 4.5 x 2.4cm)
Item# CEL03157001
Marshmellow Celestine from
Lime City, Ohio

$96.00
This is a rare specimen of hexagonal
"Marshmellow" Celestine from the famous
Celestine Caves in the Stoneco Inc Quarry in
Lime City, Ohio. This is a very stunning
specimen of a highly sought after mineral
from a closed location.
This piece weighs 9.9oz or 0.62 lbs (282g)
and measures 3.2 x 2.4 x 2 inches
(8.2 x 6.2 x 5.1cm)
Item# CEL03157002
Marshmellow Celestine from
Lime City, Ohio

$180.00
This is a rare specimen of blue cubic
Celestine from the famous Pugh Quarry in
Custer, Wood County, Ohio. This is a very
stunning specimen of a highly sought after
mineral from a closed location. (Includes
loose 5 x 5.5 x 14mm crystal) This is an old
stock specimen that is glued to the styrofoam
which was the standard at the time.
This piece weighs 3.1oz or 0.19 lbs (88g) and
measures 2 x 1.6 x 1.6 inches (52 x 40 x 40 mm)
Item# CEL03157003
Rare Celestine Crystals from
the Pugh Quarry in Custer,
Wood County, Ohio

$46.00
This is a rare specimen of blue cubic
Celestine crystals in matrix from the Meckley
Quarry in Mandata, Pennsylvania. This is a
very nice specimen of a highly sought after
mineral.

This piece weighs 2.5oz or 0.15 lbs (71g) and
measures 2.5 x 1.5 x 1.1 inches (65 x 40 x 30 mm)
Item# CEL03157005
Rare Celestine Crystals from
the Meckley Quarry in
Mandata, Pennsylvania

$34.00
This is a rare specimen of blue mass
Celestine from Lockwood, Niagara County,
New York. This is a very typical specimen of
a highly sought after mineral from a classic
location.

This piece weighs 32.8 oz or 2 lbs (930g)
and measures 5.4 x 3.4 x 2.9 inches
(13.8 x 8.6 x 7.5 cm)
Item# CEL03157008
Rare Celestine mass from
Lockport, New York

$50.00
This is a top quality, elongated geode crystal cluster plate of Celestine (Celestite) from
Madagascar. The large well-defined crystals have a lustrous, icy blue coloration. This famous
Madagascar locality was discovered in 1967. It is located near the village of Sakoany, on the
western side of the banks of the Betsiboka River.  We procured this specimen in 2004 from a
South African Mineral Dealer and it is from our personal collection.


This piece weighs 56.4 oz or 3.52 lbs (1.6kg)
and measures 6
.8 x 4.4 x 2.9 inches (17.3 x 11.3 x 7.6cm)
Item# 1CEL09203334
B
lue Celestine Elongated
Geode Plate
from
M
adagascar

$1
29.00
This is a top quality Celestine (Celestite) geode from Madagascar. The large well-defined
crystals have a lustrous, icy
light blue coloration. This famous Madagascar locality was
discovered in 1967. It is located near the village of Sakoany, on the western side of the banks of
the Betsiboka River.  We procured this specimen in 2004 from a South African Mineral Dealer
and it is from our personal collection.

This piece weighs 53.3 oz or 3.35 lbs (1.512kg)
and measures 5
x 4.4 x 4 inches (12.8 x 11.2 x 10.3cm)
Item# 2CEL09203334
Exceptional Light Blue
Celestine Geode from
Madagascar

$1
19.00