Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Sunstone and Goldstone ~ pick the genuine one

Goldstone is a fairly common imitation of naturally occurring sunstone.  Goldstone is handsome but artificial, and cannot match the brilliance and loveliness of genuine sunstone.  The range shown in Google images doesn't do this gem justice at all.

Both pieces shown here are artificial.  They were sold to me as sunstone, which didn't bother me at the time but isn't accurate.  If you want the real thing it pays to shop carefully!

I've shown both pieces larger than actual size so that you can see the distinctive sparkle.

Sunstone belongs to the feldspar group.

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