Sunstone Value, Price, and Jewelry Information


Oligoclase Sunstone from ndia
Sunstone, Variety of Oligoclase from India By Ra'ike (Own work) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Sunstone Value

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Sunstone Value via Gem Price Guide
Red, Green & Bicolored .10 to .99 carats 1 to 100 carats
SI to clean to /ct to /ct
Peach .5 to 20 carats
SI to clean to /ct.
Schiller 1 carat plus
SI to clean to /ct
Yellow 1 carat plus
SI to clean to /ct
Cabochons All sizes
Red to /ct
Schiller to /ct

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Sunstone Information

DataValue
NameSunstone
Is a Variety ofFeldspar
Identifying Characteristics Reddish or golden platelets with metallic luster

Comments

This material contains hematite or goethite inclusions, which reflect light in parallel orientation and create a sparkling sheen in gold to brown color shades. Sunstone may be oligoclase or labradorite in composition and is much admired as a cabochon material among hobbyists. Very fine material is not abundant and is hard to obtain.

Occurrence

  • New Mexico; New York; North Carolina: Maine; Pennsylvania; Virginia.
  • Lake Baikal, USSR; Bancroft area, Ontario, Canada.
  • Tvedestrand and Hitterö, Norway; as masses in quartz veins.
  • Lake Huron (Canada side): brownish to pink color.
  • Kangayam, India.
  • Harts Range, N. T. Australia: an untwinned microcline microperthite with aventurine-type reflections due to inclusions of thin, brownish-red hexagonal inclusions, in two sets at 90° angles. Properties are: a= 1.520; β= 1.525; γ= 1.527; birefringence = 0.007; S.G. = 2.57; hardness = 6-6.5; no UV fluorescence.

Stone Sizes

Cabochons from Norwegian and Indian material may reach 100 carats or more. Most available material cuts smaller stones, however. This is because the rough is usually badly shattered and cracked.