Dims: 6.7 x 4.6 x 4.6" (17.0 x 11.7 x 11.7 cm)
Wt: 8.1 lbs. (3.7 kg)
Malagasy Republic, Madagascar
Though this carved specimen may be a bit too "decorative" for some serious collectors, we think that it is certainly interesting enough to display. As one can see, the piece consists of a large chunk of Celestite that is made up of scores, or even hundreds of orthorhombic crystals ranging in size from 0.2 - 2.2" (0.5 - 5.6 cm) along each axis. It has been carved into the shape of a large egg that is about equal in size to an ostrich egg and polished to a moderately glossy sheen. As the only discernable crystalline faces are protected in crevices and hollows, they are all in excellent condition, with good form- their edges are well-defined and their faces are clean, possessing a bright pearly-to-vitreous luster. All have a pale blue-gray color whose depth depends on the size of the crystal; the largest crystals tend to possess the deepest coloration. Clarity also corresponds to size, in that the smaller crystals tend to be transparent, whereas the larger crystals lose clarity and are translucent. Apart from the Celestite, there is only a small amount of the chalky, dull cream-colored host rock that usually accompanies crystals from this locality. As such material tends to be quite delicate and crumbly, much time and care must have been taken in the creation of this mineral egg.