There are six types of schiller (copper inclusions) occurring in Oregon sunstone. This deep red Oregon sunstone has speckles of copper looking like champagne bubbles, especially visible from the side (see photos). Schiller that doesn’t overwhelm the color or clarity of the sunstone, as in this case, combined with the interest it adds, increases the value. Collectors look for this very feature and with color like this, off the charts vivid deep red, it is a true collector’s gem. However, it sure would look great in jewelry too! Precision faceted by Loren Brown in a beautiful design by Robert Long.
Deep Red Oregon Sunstone
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12.3 x 10.4 x 8.3
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.