This is a relatively new find of a spectacular gemmy sunstone material from Tanzania that is as good or better than the more commonly found sunstone from India and Oregon (where I live). I hand cut this heart shaped focal bead which measures 41x31mm and is 9mm thick with a 2mm drill hole. It has a high polished finish all the way around. LOTS of confetti, iridescence, shiller, and more! More of a dusty rose in color and not much orange, has a very moonstone like quality to it.
The adularescent AND aventurescent qualities of this stone are just stunning! The images give you just a hint of how these well oriented stones go from coppery orange base color to a nearly blinding coppery whitish brilliance! Pale veining from healed fractures and an occasional pit or inclusion that comes to the surface may be visible upon very close inspection. They are normal in this material and don't threaten the value or structural integrity of the stone.
Chain not included. See the rest of my listings in my DVHdesigns Etsy store for more focal beads, custom cut cabochons, genuine jet mourning beads, sterling chains just for beads, and more! Also, feel free check out my DVHdesigns website where you can see what I'm up to in the studio, as well as learn more about me, my work, and my upcoming show-lecture schedule.
To see a short video more clearly showing the optical properties of this bead, go to: https://youtu.be/AUjNmzcH6rY
Here is what June Culp Zeitner of Lapidary Journal fame says about sunstone in her book, "Gem and Lapidary Materials,".... "Sunstone is an aventurescent labradorite, microcline, or oligoclase feldspar, distinguished by minute hematite or goethite inclusions which reflect the light" She goes on to say that some microcline sunstones like this one show both aventurescence and adularescence.
Some of the mystic lore that has been said about sunstone is that it is a stone of leadership, dispels fear and stress, increases vitality, encourages independence and originality, warms the spirit and brings good fortune!