We hand-picked this Oregon sunstone rough during last year’s visit to PANA mine in the Oregon high desert (Little Eagle Butte). This is RSA Gems’ “Hurricane Stone” as it was being cut as Hurricane Harvey approached Houston, where we are located. While our office flooded, we were able to save all our stones before evacuating. This stone is rather large for this color.
Red Oregon Sunstone
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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.