I16d-301 Mint Green Sunstone 11.7x8.8 5.57cts RSX(TLIA)
Gem connoisseurs and innovative jewelry designers often seek the subtle beauty of lesser-known—but still intriguing and unique—gemstones. Some of those are members of the feldspar group.
The feldspar group’s wide variety of unusual gems includes moonstone, non-phenomenal orthoclase, phenomenal and non-phenomenal labradorite, sunstone, and amazonite. Of these feldspars, moonstone is a constant favorite, while sunstone from Oregon is gaining attention as a natural and untreated product of the United States.
Although sunstone and moonstone are both members of the feldspar group, the resemblance stops there. While cool moonstone’s phenomenal varieties offer a soft and gentle adularescent glow, warm sunstone’s phenomenal varieties show a distinct and lively glitter called aventurescence. Aventurescence is a sparkly, metallic-looking luster caused by flat, reflective inclusions, sometimes called “schiller” by sunstone fanciers.
The green color of sunstone is particularly unusual and arre.