I left a little dot of the host rock in this Oregon sunstone. I call it a “mole” and think it adds interest. It is a tiny piece of basalt that the sunstone crystal was imbedded in. This blemish could be hidden by a prong during setting if you would prefer not to see it.
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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.