Today’s sunstone market is a diverse one, consisting of upscale jewelry designers, collectors, gem carvers, and tourists to the Oregon desert seeking a precious all-American souvenir.
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Sunstone Quality Factors: The Comprehensive Guide
Questions & Answers
Does GIA grade sunstone?
GIA evaluates sunstone but does not grade it. A GIA Colored Stone Identification Report assesses the characteristics of any polished, rough, mounted or loose material (weight, measurements, shape, cutting style and color); identifies whether it is natural or laboratory-grown; and names any detectable treatments.
What is the best color of sunstone?
Although many people prize red sunstone highly, some consumers seek out green or bicolor gems.
Is sunstone color-enhanced?
Oregon sunstone is not treated to improve its appearance, but pale-colored feldspar from other areas might be enhanced to improve its color.
Are there sunstone imitations?
Buyers must be aware of a common imitation. Called goldstone, it’s made of glass that contains small, flat copper crystals.
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Caring for Your Sunstone
Keep your sunstone jewelry beautiful by following simple care and cleaning guidelines.
Sunstone is durable enough for jewelry use and daily wear, but rough handling should be avoided.
Care and Cleaning
Warm, soapy water and gentle scrubbing is the safest way to clean sunstone.
Many processes can improve color, apparent clarity, or durability. Oregon sunstone isn’t treated.