Gemstone Journeys, Part 1: Oregon Sunstone

in OCD2 years ago

Oregon sunstones were born in the South- Eastern Oregon desert, near the Hart Mountains.

@madame-cyntaia and I spent time at the mines in SE Oregon in the dry, dusty, blazing heat, searching for these beauties. We brought home many fine sunstones, mining the old-fashioned way, with screens, a little bit of blood, and a whole lot of sweat!

I love faceting Oregon sunstones-- you never know what you'll get until after you've cut the stone. The copper inclusions in the stone create what's called 'schiller', and every stone is different because of it. They can pick up hues of green, red, pink, blue-green, yellow, orange... or be as clear as glass. Sometimes their schiller is so concentrated that Oregon suntones look like they contain glitter.

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My wife @madame-cyntaia and I travel in search of gemstones throughout the US. I cut them, and she sets them. Follow me, @nomaddreamer, for more about the gemstones we've hunted, faceting and other geeky rock stuff, and our #ozarklife.

All #gemstones and #photographs by @nomaddreamer.