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Celestine - Everything About This Mineral

limz Published On Wed Mar 25 2020   Modified On Wed Mar 25 2020
Celestine - Everything About This Mineral

Celestine is an attractive mineral that consists of strontium sulfate (SrSO4) and has an orthorhombic crystal system. It is transparent to a semi-translucent crystal that occurs in many different colors. It mostly forms in well-shaped crystals with solid, lighter and darker color zones of blue. 

Celestine symbolizes peace, harmony, balance, forgiveness, kindness, serenity, truth, and confidence.

Let us learn more about Celestine.

Meaning

Celestine, also sometimes called Celestite, is a naturally occurring mineral that belongs to the Baryte group of minerals. It is highly regarded throughout centuries for its high and divine energies. These stones can balance and awaken the crown, third-eye, and throat chakra. It is known as a powerful healing crystal. It helps to promote wisdom and insight, express your life with utmost authenticity, and enlighten your feelings. 

Origin and History

Celestine Crystal.
Celestine Crystal.
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In the 18th century, Celestine was first discovered in Italy. After its discovery, it was named "zoelestin" by Abraham Gottlieb Werner, a German geologist, in 1798 from the Greek word "cœlestis" which means "celestial". This name was given in allusion to the pale, sky blue color of the original specimen. 

Formation Process

Celestine mostly occurs in sedimentary rocks, dolomites and dolomitic limestones, hydrothermal veins, and cavities in basic eruptive rocks. These minerals are formed by groundwater depositing the mineral in cavities in the host rock. It can commonly be found in association with other minerals like - Calcite, Barite, Fluorite, Gypsum, Dolomite, Galena, and Sulfur.

Formula

The chemical formula of Celestine is SrSO4 (Strontium sulfate). These crystals have a hardness of 3-3.5 on the Mohs scale.

Types

  • Barian Celestine
  • Barytosulfate of Strontian
  • Calciocelestine

Colors Available

Blue Celestine Egg-Shaped Geode.
Blue Celestine Egg-Shaped Geode.
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  • Blue
  • White
  • Colorless
  • Orange
  • Orange-Brown
  • Light Brown
  • Yellow
  • Greenish-Blue
  • Grey

Mines Available

  • Edicara Mine, South Australia, Australia
  • Antoni Mine, Carinthia, Austria
  • Keystone Mine, British Columbia, Canada
  • Paliokamariza Mine, Attica, Greece
  • Bifara Mine, Sicily, Italy

Cost Per Carat

The value of Celestine can vary from $10 to $50 according to its color and quality.

Uses

  • Celestine is mostly used as a primary ore for strontium.
  • It is also used in the manufacture of fireworks, ceramics, glass, paint, and rubber.
  • It can be also used as a gemstone in jewelry.

Spiritual Properties

  • Celestine helps to provide courage, maintain inner peace, calm the mind, bring overall balance, encourage friendship, and enhance your psychic abilities.
  • These crystals can eliminate toxins, treat disorders of the eyes, aid digestive problems, soothe muscle spasm, and aid skin allergies.
  • It also helps to relieve anxiety and stress, heal emotional trauma, get rid of fear, heighten divine intuition, and enhance feelings of compassion.

Facts

Celestine Pendant.
Celestine Pendant.
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  • The largest known Celestine geode is located in the Crystal Cave near Put-in-Bay, Ohio.
  • It has a specific gravity of 3.96 - 3.98 and its average density is 3.95 g/cm3.
  • It has a vitreous to pearly luster and a brittle tenacity.
  • It has a perfect cleavage on {001}, good on {210}, and poor on {010}.

Jewelry Stores Near You

  • Fair Trade Jewelry Co. Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • The Celestine Collection, New York, USA
  • Hatton Jewelers, London, UK

Online Stores

  • Hobbs Jewelers, Athens, Alabama, USA
  • The Vintage Jeweler, London, UK

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