These earrings are Oregon copper-bearing sunstones, surrounded by a halo of colorless diamonds and dangling from diamond leverback hoops, all in 18K rose gold. The sunstones are cut perfectly in a round brilliant cut, and have the perfect color - coppery bronze that sparkles reds and greens. The leverback hoops have diamonds on them to continue the sparkle. These sunstone have copper schiller (microscopic platelet shaped copper specs that put these gemstones over the top for sparkle and beauty).
These earrings are convertible - you can remove the sunstone dangles and just wear the diamond leverbacks. You have 2 pairs of earrings in one. Please note: we have other gemstones that can be made to wear with these hoops, giving you endless possibilities for quality gemstone earrings.
2 Natural Sunstones
Weight: 4.15 tcw
Shape/Cut: Round, Brilliant
Size (Diameter x Depth): 8.5 x 5.6 mm
Origin: Sunstone Butte Mine, Plush OR
Metal: 18K Rose Gold
Weight: .48 tcw (.03 ct each on hoops)
.80 tcw (.02 ct each on sunstone dangles)
Total Diamond Carat Weight: 1.28 cts
Earring Length: 21 mm
This is a rare and sought-after gemstone for collectors and anyone who appreciates beautiful gemstone jewelry – and it’s only mined from one small region in the United States. There are a lot of Sunstones mined throughout the world – but nothing can compare to the Oregon Sunstone with the Schiller effect. Oregon sunstone is a trade name for a particular type of Labradorite, which belongs to the mineral family of feldspars. Like common sunstone, it comes in various colors, including red, blue, green, yellow and most commonly, a faint straw color. Unlike the common sunstone, Oregon Sunstone is transparent, and can be cut into amazingly lively faceted gems. Also - Oregon Copper-Bearing Sunstone is a lot harder than other Sunstones mined elsewhere in the world. They are comparable to Amethyst and Citrine, 7.2 - 7.5 on the Mohs' Scale of hardness, suitable for everyday wear.
An oddity of Oregon Sunstone is the enhancing presence of ‘Schiller’. In the case of Oregon Sunstone, Schiller consists of very thin, opaque, parallel sheets (flat crystals) of copper within the gemstone. These sheets are so thin that they cannot be seen from the edge. When viewed from an angle perpendicular to the Schiller plane, the Schiller acts like a polished copper mirror, reflecting the coppery color back to your eyes. Many stones appear to be perfectly transparent at first, but when they are viewed in just the right direction, a coppery metallic shimmer flashes from within the stone.
A Schillered Oregon Sunstone is more valuable than any other Sunstone. A properly cut Oregon Sunstone with Schiller maintains brilliance from every viewing angle, but displays a fascinating color shifting effect as the copper Schiller is rotated into view.
This is a good investment – we use the same analogy as Tanzanite – only discovered in the late 1960s, Tanzanite’s value has increased exponentially as more people became aware of it. Anyone in the gem industry that knows rare, colored gemstones will tell you that this gemstone is expected to appreciate. There are a lot of sunstones on the market, and some are diffused in laboratories – ours are natural, top quality Oregon mined Sunstones, and are the rarest of ALL Sunstones. Genuine, rare, beautiful! It's absolutely impossible to show in the photos how beautiful these gemstones are - the camera just doesn't capture the brilliance of this amazing treasure. All photos are taken in direct sunlight to depict the closest true color possible.