SKU: C243

Oregon Sunstone

1.76 carats

$200.00

1 in stock

SKU: C243 Category: Tag:

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.

Carats

1.76

Clarity

Color Specification

Color

Pink, Red

Cut

Dimensions (mm)

7.8 x 7.8 x 5.7

Origin

Overall Quality

Stone Shape

Round

Treatments

None

1

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.

2

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.

3

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.