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Sunstone

Sunstone’s phenomenal varieties show a distinct and lively glitter called aventurescence.

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Copper

Tiny copper platelets can cause the prized red hue in Oregon sunstone.

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Color zones

Some sunstones exhibit attractive color zoning.

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Matte finish

Matte-finish facets can provide an interesting and attractive contrast.

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Glitter

Sunstone’s glittery sparkle shows up even in its rough form.

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Bicolored

Some sunstone rough displays interesting zoned colors.

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Desert Sun

The Ponderosa mine produces many lovely specimens like this one.

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A bright orange, multi-faceted gem.
Article
Fall for Autumn Gems

Nature gives us a brilliant palette of color-changing leaves and a spectacular kaleidoscope of colorful sunsets during the fall season.

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Large sunstone rough from the Ponderosa mine in Oregon
Ponderosa Sunstone Update

John Woodmark provides an update on the Ponderosa sunstone mine in Oregon.

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A round, bright red gem displayed on a dark gray background.
Article
The Red Hot Gems of Summer

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

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Blue freeform tanzanite in ring.
Exceptional Freeform Tanzanite and Oregon Sunstone Rings

A family sources, designs, and carves gems for extraordinary jewelry and pieces.

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Pin/pendant with sunstone, pearl, diamond, chalcedony, and zircon.
The Fluid Art of Angela Conty

Angela Conty exhibits and discusses her work at the 2016 Tucson gem shows.

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Rainbow Over Montana bracelet
Paula Crevoshay’s American Collection, Plus Jewelry with Nontraditional Gemstones

Lesser-known gem materials are seen in pieces alongside a collection created as an artistic inheritance for future generations of jewelry fans.

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Sphalerite
Rare Stones In Demand

Rare material seen at the GJX show in February 2015.

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Mixed-cut Oregon sunstone
Oregon Sunstone Update

An review of the Oregon sunstone seen at the Tucson gem shows.

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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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Positive Design With Negative Space

Sometimes what you don’t see is as important as what you do. “Negative space” is the explanation to this curious statement.

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