This uniquely American gemstone is a real flirt. Wink, wink.
The Oregon Sunstone is a rare find from the Pacific Northwest that displays a unique "winking" schiller effect, caused by copper inclusions.
There’s no other gem in the world like Oregon sunstone. It’s the only sunstone with glittering copper inclusions that create a subtle but wondrous optical effect called “schiller.” Schiller is derived from the Old High German scilihen, which means to wink or blink. And, this American beauty indeed winks, revealing flashes of coppery red amidst her gorgeous green.
To procure these special gems we went to Sunstone Butte Mine (pronounced “beaut”) in southeast Oregon. This mine produces ethically-sourced sunstones that were created by cooled lava that flowed in the Oregon Valley millions of years ago. Considering the uniqueness of Oregon sunstone, it’s not surprising that it was designated the state gem of Oregon in 1987.
Although a relative newcomer to the gem world in North America, sunstone has been known for many centuries and has been discovered in Viking burial mounds. Sunstone was thought to have magical properties and could be used to invoke the energy of the sun. In ancient Greece, it was thought to represent the sun god, bringing life and abundance to those fortunate enough to own it.
We’ve brought you this American beauty in its rarest shade–– a gorgeous copper kissed verdant green unlike any color you’ve ever seen. This striking, one-of-a-kind American-born sunstone is framed with rounds of the world’s oldest gem–– white zircon.
We dare you not to fall for the charms of this uniquely American gem. And, we double dare you to refuse such a come hither price.
- 1 1/2ctw
- Yellow gold-finished .925 Sterling silver setting
- (1) Oval 8x6mmGreen sunstone
- (12) round 1.1mm White zircon
- (16) round 1.5mm White zircon
- Design 13.16mm x 16.40mm
- Sits 6mm high
- Band 2.37mm width
- 3 grams
- Available inWhole sizes 5-10
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