Sunstone Faceting Information
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Sunstone Facet / Faceting Information
Color: Sunstone Colorless, champagne, Schiller (copper inclusions, usually used for cabochons), Multi colored (green, blue, red, orange), red
Moh's Hardness: 6-6.5
Refractive Index: 1.52-1.568
Critical Angle: 41.14°
Specific Gravity: 2.56-2.70
Fracture: Uneven, somewhat brittle
Heat Sensitivity: Moderate in my experience
Birefringence (double refraction): Weak to medium (.005-.01)
Crystal Structure: Triclinic
Treatments: Generally none
What I prefer to polishing with: Cerium oxide with a Spectra Ultralap.
Jeff's Comments: Cuts and polishes easily, use a medium fine lap like a 600 grit for roughing in because a coarse lap can sometimes aggravate cleavage. Cleavage usually is not a problem, sharp corners have a tendency to chip out sometimes during cutting. Orientation of color zones is important, put the zone(s) in the center of the stone about level or slightly below the girdle. Be careful and orientate for the best color through the table.
Design Notes: About any Quartz design will work well. I prefer a deeper design and often cut Barions.
Design Links: Tzar - High dome will help improve color and sparkle
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