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Oregon sunstone is mined in two broad areas of the state more than 100 miles apart: the Ponderosa mine in Harney County, in central-eastern Oregon, and the Plush mining area in Lake County, southwest of the Ponderosa.
Oregon sunstone comes in all shades of the rainbow, although colors of red, salmon, and green are the most sought after and command the highest prices. At its best, the red facet grade material from the Ponderosa Mine is as fine a color as the finest ruby or red spinel from Burma, the blue greens are like emeralds, the gray greens like green diamonds, and the peaches and orange roses can double for imperial topaz.
The art of cutting an Oregon sunstone gem with facets is a very precise activity. The aim with a faceted cut is to produce an article that sparkles with internally reflected light, and that shows off the "fire" of the stone. Accordingly, only transparent or translucent stones are usually faceted.
We offer the widest variety of faceted, all natural, colored sunstones in calibrated sizes and shapes available on the market today. Their rich color and brilliance are captivating, and they have found their well-deserved place in the public's view of colored gemstones.