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Sunstone History and Lore

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 recognised, more available and less expensive.

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The Red Hot Gems of Summer

These red, pink and orange hued gems evoke passion and excitement – and are sure-fire accessories for sultry summer days.

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And Then Came the Fantasy Cut

Once upon a time, gem cutting was a strict craft bound by centuries of tradition. Then Bernd Munsteiner (b. 1943) invented the fantasy cut.

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Sunstone Labradorite from the Ponderosa Mine, Oregon

The Ponderosa mine is now producing commercial quantities of the gem-quality labradorite feldspar known as sunstone.

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