Stones

Sunny Side Up

Dainty and colorful, our Blazingstar necklace shows off the brilliant orange sparkle of the mineral sunstone, a common name for heliolite.  It is a translucent to transparent feldspar that has tiny reflective plate-like inclusions that are generally parallel in orientation. When viewed from the side, the plates are thin and difficult to detect, but when light hits them at the proper angle, it produces a metallic flash.  This optical phenomenon is called aventurescence. There are three ways to produce the aventurescent flash of light: moving the stone in the light, moving the position of the light, and moving the eye of the observer.  The color of sunstone ranges from colorless through yellow, orange, and red.

 

Whereas inclusions in most stones decrease its desirability, the copper, hematite, and goethite inclusions in sunstone enhance its value.  The most desirable sunstone has inclusions that are perfectly flat, highly reflective and precisely aligned to produce the most aventurescence.

Some claim that sunstone bestows joie de vivre and encourages optimism and a desire for action. 

Tumbled sunstone

Tumbled sunstone

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