Making Egg Geodes

Growing crystals in an egg shell

Several people have written me lately, asking how to make simulated geodes in egg shells. Geodes are pockets of crystals that form in sedimentary and igneous rocks. They start as hollow spaces in rock that is porous enough for water to seep through. The water carries dissolved minerals, which are deposited in the open space, forming a lining of crystals. Most geodes contain quartz crystals, but they can also contain calcite, celestite, and other minerals.

Many rock shops and museum gift shops sell geodes that have been cut, and sometimes dyed to make them more colorful. Sometimes you can buy unbroken geodes, which lets you break them open yourself. That is particularly fun, as you never know how it will look until you open it.