Sunstone is brilliant and diverse

24 May

This is the first in a mini series on semi precious gemstones that we at Entwined Vines Jewelry use over and over again yet may have a hard time keeping in stock or getting our hands on. With summer approaching and the colors coming in from the fashion arenas of the world we are fortunate to find that some of our favorite colors are represented in the coming fashion forcast and is becoming more available in the stones we have available. Sunstone is one of our fastest moving stones regaurdless of what we make. At the point of my typing this blog, we are currently out but I am including pictures from two of the pieces that we made the week of May 5th and sold before mother’s day weekend.

Sunstone: is a plagioclase feldspar crystal that is formed in molten lava and then discharged onto the surface of the earth by a volcano, which when viewed from certain directions exhibits a brilliant spangled appearance; this has led to its use as a gemstone. It has been found in Southern Norway, and in some United States localities though the finding of sunstone in Oregon has moved this gemstone from rare to common with Oregon (United States) having the largest supply fount to date. It is the official gemstone of Oregon (United States) with the Thunder egg being the state rock.

The optical effect appears to be due to reflections from inclusions of red copper, hematite or pyrite. The main colors varies from golden to orange to red-brown, and can be transparent or translucent.

The ancient natives of Oregon (United States) once used sunstone for barter. In addition, the Vikings considered the gemstone to be a talisman for navigation, and sunstones have been found in Viking burial mounds. Sunstone is believed to strengthen the life force, bring luck, instill optimism and increase strength and vitality. Many say it assists contemplative processes and bolsters the energy level. It may lend extra physical energy in times of stress or ill health.

“Believed to be a piece of the sun, sunstone was prized by ancient magicians, who used it to attract the strength of the sun and it’s associated power and wealth. It is commonly associated with the Phoenix that appeared at the first sunrise.”



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