The sun stone is one of the gemstones of distinctive beauty that is evident with every ray of the sun and the spread of the warmth of its rays. The ancient pharaohs of the ancient Egyptian civilization believed that the sun stone was a source of the energy of Ra, the “sun god” that spreads to all living things. on the surface of the ground. In addition, it has always been a symbol of leadership, personal strength, freedom and awareness, because symbolically it represents the qualities of light that include a feeling of openness, frankness, benevolence, warmth, strength, mental clarity, willingness and ability to give gifts to others.
Also known as the sun stone In the name of the Stone of Joy, as it was believed in its ability to refine and elevate the soul so that it would be at the service of others, by bringing life back its joy, nature its quality and providing a feeling of abundance. This name is due to the appearance of its warm shades of gold, red, orange and brown that sparkle and sparkle like the sun. Inclusions of goethite or hematite refract light between the different crystal layers in the stone, producing an iridescent effect when the stone is viewed from different angles.
Sunstone may be either pure and transparent or opaque and opaque. It is also available and easily obtainable in the market. Knowing that the red sun stones are of the highest quality for their purity and the most valuable for their rarity.
|stone name||sun stone|
|chemical classification||plagioclase (feldspar)|
|degree of hardness||6 to 6.5 mo|
|refractive index||1.525 to 1.58|
|specific density||2.71 2.73|
A set of natural raw sun stones
Formation of the Sun Stone As we have indicated, sunstone belongs to the mineral feldspar family. Often referred to as “shiller”, it may also be traded as “aventurine feldspar”, but nowadays, the term “aventurine feldspar” is used primarily only to refer to the green quartz gem known as aventurine. )
The shape of the sun stone earrings
Density depends The presence of sunstone in rocks depends on the size of the impurities in it, which usually consist of hematite or goethite. Those small inclusions are characterized by luster and luster, while larger inclusions generally show shimmering metallic reflections.
The sunstone is the official gemstone of the state of Oregon, USA. As the sun stones that are extracted from there are distinguished by their flickering due to the presence of copper impurities in their formation. Usually, the appearance of the sun stone, which is also called “Shiller”, as we have indicated, has a golden, red, yellow or orange shimmer. But sometimes, that blinking can be green or blue.
- Sunstone extracted from Oregon, USA
- Characteristics of the sun stone
- (Name of the stone) Sun Stone
- Quality (Semi-cream) Chemical classification plagioclase (feldspar)
- Chemical formula
- Ca,Na)((Al,Si)(2)(Si)(2) O (8)
- (Degree of hardness) 6 to 6.5 mousse
- Refractive index 1. 596 up to 1. 23
- specific density
- 2 . up to 2. 363
- Crystal System (Tri-inclination)
- Fracture Various
- vitreous Transparency (Transparent, Opaque
- Colors multi-colors
- Colors of the sun stone
What are the colors of the sun stone?
the green Greenish Blue the Red
(Double Colors)When we hear the name of the stone from the first sight, the shape of the sun disk comes to our mind Its golden streaks, which is something resembling the appearance of sunstone, which is usually orange-red with a shimmering effect caused by small plates of hematite, goethite or pyrite, gives it a shimmering appearance like the sun.SUNSTONE SHAPE EARRINGS
Noting that there are other types of sunstone that have different colors, but they are not available in the same amount In stock Common orange sunstone. It is worth noting that other types of sunstone contain different impurities, which may be plagioclase feldspar, which is “oligoclase sunstone” or may contain impurities of potassium feldspar, which is “orthoclase sunstone.”
When comparing these types in terms of their availability in nature, we find that oligoclase sunstone is more common than orthoclase sunstone. It is noted that in many cases, “aventurescent feldspar” is marketed under the name “aventurine feldspar.”
Usually the degree of purity of sunstone ranges from transparent to opaque, although it is It may form in some Sometimes it is made of pure materials that make it appear very transparent. The Schiller sunstone is famous for its shiny impurities, which is the main factor behind its attractive appearance. When cut and polished, it has a vitreous luster, so these stones are often described as lustrous.
- The shape of natural sun stones
- Places of extraction of sun stones
- Here are the places where the sunstone mines are located and extracted as follows:
- India Canada
United State America (Oregon, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Utah). Oregon is famous among other states as we mentioned that it extracts sun stones that contain traces of copper.
The shape of jewelry made of gold and sun stone
Sun Stone Quality Factors The quality of sun stone extracted from nature is determined according to four main factors. These factors determine the value of the stone and its market price. Here are those factors as follows:
Quality Factors of Sun Stones
Most sunstones are yellow, orange or brown in color. Green is extremely rare. Small inclusions create a red or gold luster on the surface of the stone, while larger inclusions create attractive, shiny reflections. Inclusions of hematite, copper, or some other mineral can be present in sunstone, affecting its color and quality.
Oregon sunstone is translucent feldspar with copper inclusions. It is colorless and occurs in a variety of natural colors, including pale yellow, pink, orange, red, blue, and green. Red sunstone is often marketed as red spinel, because of its bright color if not as hard as sapphire. 2- Pieces Sunstone is available in a wide range of Shapes and sizes, from the very small ones that are usually placed as secondary stones in some jewelry to the large ones that are cut as a large gem.
All Oregon sunstones have an extra sheen caused by the presence of copper impurities. The luster is present even if the inclusions are not large enough to give the stone an exceptionally beautiful appearance. While the sun stones that are extracted from other places differ in terms of purity as a result of their exposure to different conditions and factors during the formation process. 4- Carat weight
The shape of the sun stone in various sizes
Sunstone can be found in relatively large sizes, but most stones weigh 1 carat or less. Therefore, the price of the sun stone rises directly with the rise in its weight in carats.
The price of the sun stone
1 carat 4 dollars 3 carats dollar (6 carats) 23 dollar Cutting and shaping
Each gemstone has a shape and appearance that distinguishes it from the other. , This proverb also applies to the sun stone, as it is most often cut in the form of flat and large surfaces in order to achieve maximum light reflections on the mineral impurities present in it, and thus to appear more dazzling in a better way.
While transparent and opaque sunstones are cut in order to make necklaces and other ornaments and accessories by trying to highlight their characteristics, which may sometimes include c Wad traces and distinctive signs that resemble the eye of the cat “chatoyancy” or resemble the shape of a single star. While the most common shapes on sunstones are oval, pear-shaped, round, and countless other shapes.
A piece of jewelry (necklace) consisting of sun stone, moonstone
Examining and identifying the sun stone
Sunstone is usually recognizable and distinguished by the shimmering appearance of aventurous feldspar, but it can be mixed in some It is sometimes confused with the appearance of other gemstones such as aventurine quartz and other similar forms of feldspar such as orthoclase moonstone. copper; It can be distinguished from quartz stone, for example, through several things, including, for example, that: Sun stone is slightly lighter in weight and size than quartz stone, and it has a hardness of 6 to 6.5 on the Mohs scale. While its density ranges from 2.73 to 2 . , with a refractive index ranging from 1. 584 And 2376.
How to clean and polish the sun stone?
Warm soapy water is always a good choice. To wash the sun stone. Place the sun stone fragments in a dish of warm water. Bring a towel to wipe the stone with.Carefully clean all sides of the stone and avoid damaging it.
Using a soft towel, dry the stone. Avoid the following when washing the sun stone:
Avoid ultrasonic and steam cleaners.
Affected Because feldspar is rapidly damaged by hydrochloric acid, cleaning agents containing bleach, such as Clorox, should be avoided as well. (Avoid using harsh cleaning fluids and acids of any type.)