Blue Celestite Tower - Measures 19.5 cm - weighs 535 g
Celestite, also known as Celestine, is a mineral that forms blue crystals. Celestite is often associated with divine power and is thought to increase understanding, higher consciousness, as well as mindfulness when used in meditation and prayer.
Celestite is a mineral composed of strontium sulfate (SrSO4). Its name is derived from Latin word Caelestis, meaning "celestial", which was inspired by the crystals’ well-known shades of sky blue. This mineral can occur in geodes as crystals. Celestite can also occur as fibers in sedimentary rock: river, streams, and ocean beds. The crystals are also often found growing alongside Gypsum, Anhydrite and Halite.
Celestite is found worldwide in small quantities. The pale blue specimens that the name is derived from are found in Madagascar and Sicily, Italy. It can also occur as colorless, white, pale blue, pink, pale green, pale brown, and black. Orange specimens have been found in Ontario, Canada. Other interesting names for the mineral include Coelestine, Eschwegite (of Lévy), Sicilianite.
History & Modern Uses
In addition to its divine connotations, Celestite is important in the scientific community due to one of the elements it contains in its composition: strontium. Protozoa creatures called Acantharea composed their rudimentary skeletons of Celestite by biomineralizing or creating the mineral using strontium. They were the only creatures to do this. Interestingly, because of their crystal-fibrous skeletons, this gave their single cell bodies a star-like appearance. As an effect, these creatures did not fossilize but crystalize into Celestite cultures.