Gemstones - Oregon Sunstone

One of the few gemstones from the United States, Oregon Sunstone is found in the high desert areas in Oregon. The main body colors of this gemstone can be clear, straw, yellowish, orangy, reddish to even green which is fairly rare. Some pieces may actually contain more than one color, to the point where it looks like watermelon, with green, red and clear. Some gems can be found with schiller (copper platelets) which add an interesting feature/glitter to this gemstone.

In our most recent trip to visit our associates who own some of the mining areas in the high deserts of Oregon, we showed them a few of our uniquely faceted and hand grooved Oregon Sunstones and wanted an opinion on the expected wholesale price of our pieces since they deal with the material on a daily basis and know what is unique, not common or common, size, color varietes, etc. We learned that some of our priced Oregon Sunstones were about 1/3rd of the expected wholesale all the way up to being simply wholesale. In one of the cases, one of the pieces that had lots of schiller and a hint of green on the side, we were told that this should sell for between $300-$350/ct - wholesale. We are going to leave our price of $100/ct on this particular piece just due to the fact that we think that figure quoted is high considering what the final gem cost us in total - though we have to admit, that we are not including our costs of travel, stay, etc. in those numbers....
Enjoy the Savings!

For those purchasing our Oregon Sunstone, we have the following offer with each purchase, based on the size of the Oregon Sunstone purchased:

1ct to 5cts - Receive 25 carats of Rough Mine Run Oregon Sunstone
5cts to 10cts - Receive 50 carats of Rough Mine Run Oregon Sunstone
10+cts and up - Receive 100 carats of Rough Mine Run Oregon Sunstone
NOTE - Typical yield when faceted is about 20%; Tumbling is a great way also to polish this material with essentially little weight loss.

precision cut oregon sunstone - dust devil mine
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An Incredibly Beautiful Precision Cut 8.47ct Oregon Sunstone faceted by the Owner of All That Glitters - L. Allen Brown. Rough hails from the famous Dust Devil Mine. Initial 36+ct piece of rough was trimmed and preformed (yield was 23% - typical expectation is only 20%) - see image below. Body color seemed to be clear to the standard champagne frequently seen from this locality. There was a spot of color to the side - and depending on the axis it was viewed on, it was either a green or a blush color, due to the fact that Sunstone is dichroic and one can frequently expect to see a red or green from this locality depending on how it is viewed. There was some haziness perhaps around this color zone, possibly being some Copper Schiller, but it wasn't obvious. As the gemstone was being faceted, at the prepolish stage, one could see that Schiller was definitely present and it was unknown if this would be a plus or perhaps running across the gem in a way that would hinder the brilliance and interfer with the beauty of the finished gem. After the final polish and soaking off the dopping material, the finished gemstone is incredibly beautiful and brilliant. Many surprises are present - the body color seems to be Champagne but because of that small color dot on the side, one can see Green as well as some Blush, and possibly a Copper color coming from the Schiller(??). The gem seems to color shift depending on the lights, going from various body colors - under office fluorescent lights, it appears to be a yellow green, but one can see more of a blush or even beige under different lights/wavelengths. Whatever light it is under, the 100k Diamond Polish displays a mirror-like surface and it is very brilliant - as it is turned/tilted, various colors flash around this piece. Though it has Schiller, it is hidden at the angle at which it grew, with respect to the table. This is one of those gemstones that one must see in person and under various lights as the photo and the video just doesn't do the various colors justice as the eye sees something far more interesting than what the camera has captured! Shape is a Shield with a Brilliant bottom which is why it sparkles so much. Thanks to Peter Torraca for providing the design. Photos displayed here include the finished gemstone; the video; the rough; beginning to facet the crown; initial crown facets are roughed in; and pre-polish is complete and schiller can be seen under the bright light. (dd-21-01a) $1,270
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Large Light Yellow OREGON Sunstone weighing 35.42cts and measuring 26.1x25.5x11.1mm! Hand Grooved by one of our expert cutters using this technique. This gemstone has been in a cutters possession for 2.5 years... The first well known multi-award winning cutter indicated this this piece and another important OR Sunstone would be completed in about 6 months - but after hearing that he was going to start it shortly, numerous times over a two year timeframe, we called for it back in November of 2020 and it was sent to one of his previous students who is now creating wonderful pieces himself. After another 6 months of waiting, this beauty came back. Worth the wait - a complicated piece that also incorporates an optical dish/bubble in the center. Note that the rough was a light yellow but in the very center was a light blush color. This can be still seen, but it is faint - the design in the very center varies from the surrounding area and attempts to accent and delineate this blush color. As in many gems, a slight difference in light will cause a shift in color as can be seen between the photo and the video. The Wholesale Guide for Oregon Sunstone, 2016, shows a Champagne Color selling at $100/ct for 20+cts. Champagne is the term some of the miners/dealers call the light yellow. Note that this price of $100/ct is for standard flat faceting - NOT fancy cutting as in the case of this piece. Unique cutting, concaving, grooving, sculpting, carving, etc. is much more. Only $120/ct - $4,250. (demc-18-01)
Screen Grab below is from Wholesale Guide Specifically for Oregon Sunstone (2016 edition) showing added value for specialty cutting - "Carvings are priced at 50% to 80% of the above pricing grid. Variables include color, size, intricacy of carving and artist"
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Large Orangy Copper Colored OREGON Sunstone weighing 38.35cts and measuring 35.4x13.0x9.6mm! Hand Grooved by one of our expert cutters using this technique. This gemstone has been in a cutters possession for 2.5 years... The first well known multi-award winning cutter indicated this this piece and another important OR Sunstone would be completed in about 6 months - but after hearing that he was going to start it shortly, numerous times over a two year timeframe, we called for it back in November of 2020 and it was sent to one of his previous students who is now creating wonderful pieces himself. A slightly sleepy stone possibly due to fine schiller; as it is tilted under lights, there will be glints of schilller noted as seen in the photo - parallel bands can be seen as this gem rotates in the video. The original piece of rough, like many Oregon Sunstones, had a clear rind, with a bit of green, going to the copper/orangy color. One can see some clear or very light green when the stone is tilted and at the right angle; otherwise, face up it is that familiar color of copper or orange that many know as Oregon Sunstone! For someone who wants a Large Oregon Sunstone, in an interesting shape and that has been faceted and grooved for uniqueness - and at an incredibly good price, this fits the bill and more! The Wholesale Guide for Oregon Sunstone, 2016, shows this color with schiller selling at $100/ct to $150+/ct for 20+cts. Note that this price is for standard flat faceting - NOT fancy cutting as in the case of this piece. Unique cutting, concaving, grooving, sculpting, carving, etc. is much more. Though this rough was costly as well as the special custom cutting, we can provide a wonderful price on this piece. Also, we obtained a verbal price of approx $150/ct wholesale from two different people who own claims and mine Sunstone. Priced at only $150/ct - $5,753. (demc-18-02)
Screen Grab below is from Wholesale Guide Specifically for Oregon Sunstone (2016 edition) showing added value for specialty cutting - "Carvings are priced at 50% to 80% of the above pricing grid. Variables include color, size, intricacy of carving and artist"
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Oregon Sunstone, Hand Grooved in the U.S. weighing 5.97cts in an interesting elongated octagon shape. Color is bright orange red to more red under incandescent light. Copper schiller can be seen when at the right angle. A unique piece all around. (demco-20-01b) $1,791
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A wonderful uniquely shaped Oregon Sunstone weighing 7.61cts, which we would call a Spear Point. Hand Grooved by one of our U.S. Lapidary Experts. Very center is red, going to a more subdued copper, with some green on the outside edge as well as clear. We can see this as a very beautiful custom pendant! (demco-20-01g) $1,712
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This 16.76ct is the largest faceted/grooved Oregon Sunstone we have had in the All That Glitters inventory in 40 years, and like all of our Oregon Sunstone, it was faceted from All That Glitters hand-chosen rough. Hand Grooved by our U.S. cutter specializing in this cutting style. Color could be described as a cinnamon with orange and red highlights under incandescent light. Has some schiller in the very center and one on the side, as can be seen in the video, but for the most part it is not visible when looking down at the table. (demco-20-01h) $4,190
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3.54ct Oregon Sunstone in an interesting Opposed Bar Lozenge Shape showing 3 different colors - clear, green and blush rose. Faceted in the U.S. by one of our cutters from All That Glitters rough. There is a small reflector near a top edge that is not all that visible but it can be hidden if this gem is bezel or prong set. In daylight, the distinct colors are dramatic and there is a beautiful teal green in some areas. (We wanted to share the second photo as it clearly shows the interesting coloration when the gemstone is tipped on the side!) (lh-20-01) A great price at only $620.
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An Oregon Sunstone, square cushion, weighing 6.38ct, faceted in the U.S. from All That Glitters rough. Would describe the color as copper to orangy, but with red flashes under incandescent or similar lights. Also, there are flashes of other colors on the outside edges. (demco-20-01e) $1,435 SOLD!
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This is a very interesting piece for a few reasons. The cutter had indicated that two of the Oregon Sunstones he faceted from our rough were red; but it really depends on the wavelengths and type of light that the gemstone is viewed under! This 6.59ct Cushion Cut Oregon Sunstone appears to be a copper/orangy color under some lights, but certainly appears more red under the lights in the lightbox where the video was shot; since we have a few light sources available in the light box, we shot the video showing the copper/orange color, but the photo was grabbed from another video where one of the other light sources was used. Though the red is very attractive, this appears to be a color shifting gem and unless those lights are available, it will look more like what one sees more commonly in Oregon Sustone - an orangy, rust or copper color. Though Sunstone rough from this locality frequently has a vivid red center, when faceted the gemstone frequently looks more orange than red. In 40 years in this business, we have seen very few pure ruby red Oregon Sunstones. This particular gem also shows some other colors along the outside edge as it is moved around - adding even more interest. (demco-20-01d) $1,977
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The rough of this Oregon Sunstone piece contained both a pale minty green and blush rose. Our U.S. cutter of this rough managed to not only maintain a greenish body color (vaseline green), but there are a number of other colors that dance around as the gemstone is moved while being viewed. You can see the blush rose color as the gem rotates in the video. Obtaining accurate color rendition in the photos or even the video is difficult, but this gemstone has lots of life and it is a unique color; the other highlights just add to it's appeal. This large 7.22ct square would be perfect for someone seeking a nice looking, well cut, unique Oregon Sunstone...this would fit their wishlist. (decmo-20-01c) $2,166
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We had no idea what this piece would look like when completed, but is was a large sized piece of rough and had not only color (clear, blush, green) but copper schiller too. There were discussions of whether this should be carved to bring out the schiller and colors - this could still be done if someone wanted a more interesting design; a good deal of the work has been done and one can readily see into the gemstone so there is no guess work on what is there... This 16.07ct Freeform Parallelogram was again faceted in the U.S. from our rough. We have taken two photos attempting to show the colors and non-reflecting schiller in the first photo; the second photo was taken from the other side of the gemstone and flipped around and essentially in darkness (the lights in the lightbox were not turned on and the only light was from a window about 5ft away - but that light shows the reflection of the schiller...) One can set it into a piece of jewelry as is, re-work it if desired, or have an example of typical Oregon Sunstone (from the Plush Area) showing not only the colors but the copper schiller that Oregon Sunstone is known for... As one can probably guess, this is a give-a-way based on the fact it's faceted in the U.S., the large size of the piece and the cost of rough.... (demco-20-01f) $1,607 (This is the piece that was said to be about $300-$350/ct wholesale, which shocked us, but miner/cutter who is in the know loved the large amount of schiller and the splash of green on the side - green always increases the price...)
Oregon Sunstone with Schiller
Sunstone weighing 4.21cts from the high deserts of Oregon. Cabbed in the United States into an interesting freeform kite shape and contains a good amount of coppper schiller, providing scintillating bands of shiny copper color when moved. (ddsun-15-01) $110
Oregon Sunstone (4.60cts) in the Custom Elegante Design!
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Faceted by the owner of All That Glitters, this is a custom cut called "Elegante" developed back in about 2004 by the cutter and based on other similar designs, but with a different distinct top and small table. Photo doesn't do the sparkle or color justice. Depending on the lights, it is a lemon yellow to a sort of champagne color. There is a splash of pink when looking down the long axis, that also perhaps adds to the color. $500 including shipping/insurance via Priority Box. (dd-atg-18-01)

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Uniquely Faceted (U.S.) Oregon Watermelon Sunstone weighing 8.47cts. Sunstone Butte Mine, Oregon. Photos show the finished gem, a side view after being cut showing the many colors, the trimmed piece of rough for study prior to beginning the cutting, and the rough itself. As expected, the colors did mix but more than we had hoped - as one tips the gem, one can see different colors which separate and flash. This is a darker gem with a lively lighter colored top. Faceted by an award winning cutter, this piece is being offered in the ball park of the cost of the rough and the cutting - we had hoped for more color separation, but one never knows how things will turn out until the gem is completed, removed from the dop and cleaned. (da-17-01) Only $1400
Dalan Hargrave Carved/Sculpted Oregon Sunstone with Heavy Schiller
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49+ct Oregon Sunstone from the high desert area of Plush, Oregon. Mined by All That Glitters in 2009. Large piece of rough with very heavy schiller, which is not common. Carved/Sculpted by the multi-award winning Dalan Hargrave. Another fine work of lapidary art by Dalan. Photos above represent tilting the work of art to show off the schiller or showing the copper platelets that cause the copper/gold reflections. The original piece of rough is the last photo. Clicking on any of the photos above will open a new page with an enlarged version of the photo. Another unique U.S. Gemstone from All That Glitters and a Texas-based Lapidary Artist. (dd-17-01)
We are offering this piece at approximately 20% BELOW the calculated wholesale price (based on a wholesale guide created by those directly involved in activing mining and selling of Oregon Sunstone over decades). For those considering this unqiue and beautiful purchase, we are willing to share the wholesale list, as well as our calculations to show how we arrived at our pricing. For a retail markup, we anticipate the price to be up to 100% more. Our goal has been to provide our customers exquisite fine quality colored gemstones at the best price possible. With 36 years in the gem trade, access to the source for rough and cut gemstones, as well as to many award-winning facetors/artists, allows All That Glitters to offer unexpectedly low pricing on most of our inventory. Contact us for a price quote!
carved oregon sunstone with copper schiller
7.21ct Custom Carved Oregon Sunstone with HEAVY Copper Schiller. This piece just shines with reflections from the copper schiller in the light. Unique shape will allow designers to create a wonderful piece - there is no other piece on the market currently or in the past, which would be similar. A True One-of-a-Kind! (dd-16-04) $721
concave cut oregon sunstone
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Oregon Sunstone, 3.37ct - Stunning Shape with really nice orange color. Photos are of the same gemstone, just rotated 90 degress to show the various play of light/color that one may see. (dd-16-01) $1,348
incredible cresent moon shaped faceted oregon sunstone
Oregon Sunstone weighing 4.37cts - unique curved shape which could be described as a crescent. Will allow some interesting designs for custom jewelry! Photos show the gemstone in two different positions - think it would be unique to set with the long axis running up/down vs. across as show in the photos....but anything is possible! Photos don't do the gemstone/shape justice. (dd-16-02) $1,311
14.36ct Oregon Sunstone - Custom piece!
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Original Rough!
This unique piece was created using facets, sculpting as well as optical dishes.. A super interesting piece for someone who wants something unique - reminiscent of Munsteiner, Dyber and others! This is exactly what one expects from an Oregon Sunstone - one sees a red surrounded by clear, and of course, what many look for - Schiller (copper platelets). You can see all of this in the photos above - a variation of red, clear, and schiller in parallel lines. (osi-08-01) $2,154
An incredible price if one considers the cost to facet/create this, the size, the uniqueness, etc.
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The Oregon Sunstone Rough shown above produced the faceted gemstones you see below. One can get a good idea of some of the waste of the original rough, as one can see the trim marks where a diamond saw blade will remove cracks, inclusions and areas that are not desired in the finished faceted gemstone. The typical yield that we use when estimating a finished gemstone is 20% - meaning that 80% of the rough that is paid for, is literally trimmed and ground away. Note that the rough piece on the left produced the gemstone in the photo you see below. You can see some of the glittering schiller in the piece of rough. The green outline (watermelon) was removed so as not to mix the green with the reddish orange, as there was a high likelihood that this would muddy the color and the final gemstone would not be the nice pure color you see below!
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A Very Large Natural 9.93ct Oregon Sunstone, mined in 2009 and faceted in the U.S. by our Supreme Master Gem Cutter - Stephen Kotlowski. This is a dusty orange under office fluorescent lights, but a bright orange under lights such as incandesents. There is a decent amount of schiller without being overpowered by schiller. It causes a slight sleepiness which is very common in these gems with schiller. It is still bright, it certainly glitters internally and externally (our Master Cutter is responsible for the high polish!) and is a wonderful example of a large orangy Natural Oregon Sunstone! 12.45x11.35x10.60mm (dd-09b-02) $3,972
Note - Production this year, 2009, has been quite low due to mechanized mining failures. Problems continue to plague the complicated mechanisms which must all act as one unit. We were only one of two that were allowed to view this rough and make a selection. The owner of All That Glitters personally chose these two pieces of rough from this very limited selection.
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A - 3.12ct Natural Oregon Sunstone, mined in October 2008 and faceted in the U.S. Some schiller, best seen from the side. A beige or light apricot color; some may call it a Topaz color. (dd-09a-02) $312
B - A large ROUND 4.56ct Natural Oregon Sunstone, also mined in October 2008 and faceted in the U.S. Not seen very often in larger rounds. The color is similar in descripton to the oval. Interesting pattern which gives the design a slight swirl - LOTS of sparkle. (dd-09a-03) $684
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A nicely colored 3.78ct Natural Oregon Sunstone, mined in October 2008 and faceted in the U.S. As is typical with the reds, it is surrounded by a field of clear. With the stone tipped on the side, one can clearing see this, as well as an inclusion which runs parallel to the length. Depending on the viewing angle, one can see some of this abscense of color on the side, and the inclusion is not all that readily visible. (dd-09a-01) $567

Sunstone (Phenomenal - Star and Cat's Eyes) From Tanzania

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Two cabs of Tanzanian Sunstone weighing about 0.65cts total, showing some phenomenon $65
16.90cts of Tanzanian Sunstone (not exactly matched and can be purchased separately) with a wonderful color and a faint/medium 4-ray stay present. This material was written up in an article by Morgan Beard and is very collectable. You can see the internal fibers that make up the stars. The body color is gold... (7.69ct and 9.21ct) (mj3inc-04-04p) $60/ct
(A great price for this fine quality material!)
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3 cabs of Tanzanian Sunstone weighing 14.65cts. The middle stone shows a weak 4 ray star, and the left hand/right hand cab show a fairly distinct cats-eye! These gemstones can be purchased separately. Photo on the left was taken with a pen light to act as the lighting source to show off the phenomenon. (3.66ct, 3.72ct, 7.27ct) (mj3inc-04-04p) $60/ct (A great price for this fine quality material!)
Same 3 cabs under office fluorescent lights with no over head pin point light source; therefore, no cats-eye or star.

View Photos and Stories of All That Glitters Sunstone Expeditions to the High Desert of Oregon!:
Dust Devil 2007 Visit
Dust Devil 2008 Visit
June 2018 - General Sunstone Update/Exploration

Note: Magnification and bright lighting is required to photograph gemstones.  Some inclusions may be visible under these circumstances. You are viewing photographs as if you were using a loupe or microscope - not your unaided eye.  Under normal conditions, these inclusions may not be visible.

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