Once all the inclusions are removed from a stone a shape suggests itself. Then Loren writes a design for that shape. This is a very pretty stone, but can also look dark indoors, like all gemstones it depends on the light. All our photos are taken outdoors in both sunlight and shade.
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In the early 1800s sunstone was a little-known, rare, and costly gemstone. It wasn’t until finds in Norway, Siberia, and other parts of the world that sunstone became somewhat more widely recognized, more available, and less expensive.
In the US state of Oregon in the early 1900s, there were reports of sunstone finds in ancient lava fields in a desert area called Warner Valley. Even earlier, Native Americans in that area might have been the first collectors of Warner Valley sunstones.
In 1987 sunstone was declared the state mineral for Oregon in the USA. The Oregon sunstone is rather unique in that it is the only sunstone that contains copper crystals.