A large geode of celestite from a deposit on the northwestern coast of Madagascar, near the mouth of the Betsiboka River. These geodes were first discovered in the mid-1960’s, occurring in a 30 meter thick layer of sediments near the coast.
In the years since, the locality has provided jobs to many hundreds of locals in the immediate area, as well as to vendors elsewhere in the country. To recover the geodes, pits are hand-dug in unstable ground to a depth reaching 50 feet, and the specimens are then carefully lifted out of the pits, cleaned and prepared for sale.
The Sakoany deposit is widely recognized among collectors as being the foremost locality for celestite in the world, for the combination of size, transparency, and color possessed by its specimens. This large example illustrates all of these qualities perfectly, and makes for a stunning display.