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Sunstone

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A variety of Feldspar Group

A variety of feldspar (microcline or oligoclase) that has schiller as labradorite does, but with an orange/brown background color, and containing small hematite crystals that give it an additional sparkle. Also called aventurine feldspar

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Classification of Sunstone

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Other Names for Sunstone

Name in Other Languages:
Simplified Chinese:日长石

Other Information

Health Risks:
No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for Sunstone

Reference List:
Copley, P.A. & Gay, P. (1978): A scanning electron microscope investigation of some Norwegian aventurine feldspars. Norsk Geologisk Tidsskrift. 58, 93-95

Internet Links for Sunstone

Specimens:
The following Sunstone specimens are currently listed for sale on minfind.com.

Localities for Sunstone

map shows a selection of localities that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.
(TL) indicates type locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) indicates first recorded locality for everything else. ? indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. All other localities listed without reference should be considered as uncertain and unproven until references can be found.
Australia
 
  • Northern Territory
    • Central Desert Region
      • Harts Range (Harts Ranges; Hartz Range; Hartz Ranges)
NT Mines + personal collecting
Canada
 
  • Ontario
    • Haliburton Co.
      • Cardiff Township
Ref.: Geological Survey of Canada Miscellaneous Survey 39.
    • Hastings Co.
      • Monteagle Township
Ref.: Geological Survey of Canada Miscellaneous Report 39
Ref.: Geological Survey of Canada Miscellaneous Report 39
Ref.: Geological Survey of Canada Miscellaneous Report 39
    • Muskoka District
      • Stephenson Township
Ref.: Geological Survey of Canada Miscellaneous Report 39.
    • Nipissing District
      • Murchison Township
Geological Survey of Canada Paper 70-50
    • Parry Sound District
      • Strong Township
Geological Survey of Canada Miscellaneous Report 39
    • Renfrew Co.
      • Head Township
Geological Survey of Canada Paper 70-50.
  • Québec
    • Laurentides
      • Antoine-Labelle RCM
- Sabina, A.P. (1986) Rocks & Minerals for the collector; Buckingham - Mont-Laurier - Grenville, Quebec Hawkesbury - Ottawa, Ontario. GSC Misc. Report 33
Frédéric Messier Leroux (2007 field observations)
Norway
 
  • Aust-Agder
Copley, P. A. & Gay, P. (1979): Crystallographic studies of some Norwegian aventurinised feldspars by optical, X-ray, and electron optical methods. Norsk Geologisk Tidsskrift, 59: 228-237[ sample from Arendal used in this study]
    • Risør
      • Akland
Nordrum, F.S. (2003): Nyfunn av mineraler i Norge 2002-2003. Norsk Bergverksmuseum Skrift. 25: 82-89
    • Tvedestrand
      • Østerå
Weibye, P. C. (1848): Beiträge zur topograpischen Mineralologie Norwegens. Archiv für Mineralogie, Geognosie, Bergbau und Hüttenkunde. 22: 465-544
  • Telemark
Copley, P.A. & Gay, P. (1978): A scanning electron microscope investigation of some Norwegian aventurine feldspars. Norsk Geologisk Tidsskrift. 58, 93-95
      • Bjordam
http://www.toyen.uio.no/geomus/nettutstillinger/edelsteiner/solstein%20flere.html
      • Havredal (Hafredal)
        • Midtre Havredal
Andersen, O. (1931): Feltspat II. Forekomster i fylkene Buskerud og Telemark, i flere herreder i Aust-Agder ogi Hidra i Vest-Agder. Norges Geologiske Undersøkelse 128b, p. 15-16
Weibye, P. C. (1848): Beiträge zur topograpischen Mineralogie Norwegens. Archiv für Mineralogie, Geognosie, Bergbau und Hüttenkunde. 22: 465-544
      • Sannidal
Nordrum, F.S. (2012): Noen funn av mineraler i Norge 2011-2012. Norsk Bergverksmuseum Skrifter. 49, 117-124
Russia
 
  • Eastern-Siberian Region
    • Prebaikalia (Pribaikal'e)
      • Irkutskaya Oblast'
        • Lake Baikal area
Pavel M. Kartashov data
  • Northern Region
    • Karelia Republic
      • Northern Karelia
        • Ambarniy village
- Yu.A.Kozhevnikov (2010) Samotsvetnye tropy,Moscow,Mir Samotcvetov, 56p (in Rus.)
  • Urals Region
    • Southern Urals
      • Chelyabinsk Oblast'
        • Kasli
          • Potaniny Gory
Pavel M. Kartashov data
Tanzania
Gems and gemology (2003), Volume 39, Issue 3
USA
 
  • Arkansas
Jay Ellis Ransom,1974, Gems and Minerals of America
  • Maine
    • York Co.
      • Newfield
        • Straw Hill
King, V. and Foord, E., 1994, 2000, Mineralogy of Maine, volume 1 and 2, with updates by Van King.
  • New Jersey
Gems and Minerals of America -Jay Ellis Ransom-1974
  • New York
Gems and Minerals of America- Jay Ellis Ransom-1974
    • Franklin Co.
Rocks & Minerals 82:472-483
    • St. Lawrence Co.
      • Star Lake
        • Benson
George Robinson & Steven Chamberlain (2007) Gazetteer of major New York State mineral localities. Rocks & Minerals, 82, #6, 472-483.; George Robinson & Steven Chamberlain (2007) Gazetteer of major New York State mineral localities. Rocks & Minerals, 82, #6, 472-483.
    • Westchester Co.
      • New Castle
The Minerals of New York City & Its Environs, New York Mineralogical Club Bull., Vol. 3, No. 1, Manchester, J.G. (1931): 68.
  • North Carolina
    • Iredell Co.
Pratt,Joseph Hyde.,1933,Gems and Gem Minerals of North Carolina: American Mineralogist,Vol.18,No.4,April,1933
Genth,F.A.,1891,The Minerals Of North Carolina:USGS Bulletion No.74
Wilson,W.F and McKenzie,B.J(1978)Mineral Collecting Sites in North Carolina;NCGS Information Circular 24
    • Rowan Co.
Pratt,Joseph Hyde.,(1933) Gems and Gem Minerals of North Carolina: American Mineralogist,Vol.18,No.4,April,1933
Gems and Minerals of America-Jay Ellis Ransom-1974
  • Oregon
    • Harney Co.
Cran Cowan
    • Lake Co.
      • Plush
[var: Oregon Sunstone]
[var: Oregon Sunstone] O'Neal, C. (2013), Field collection and visual analysis of the Oregon Sunstone deposits near Plush, Lake County, Oregon; March.
[var: Oregon Sunstone] O'Neal, C. (2013), Field collection and visual analysis of the Oregon Sunstone deposits near Plush, Lake County, Oregon; March.
  • Pennsylvania
    • Chester Co.
      • Pennsbury Township
Kunz, 1892. Gems & Precious Stones of N. America, p. 163.
Gems and Minerals of America-Jay Ellis Ransom-1974
      • Middletown Township
        • Elwyn
Joe Dunleavy (Pers. Comm.)
Gordon's Mineralogy of Pennsylvania (1922) p. 191
  • South Carolina
Gems and Minerals of America-Jay Ellis Ransom-1974
  • Virginia
    • Amelia Co.
Minerals of Virginia, 1990 by R. V. Dietrich
D. Grier, 1994
    • Hanover Co.
      • Hewlett
Minerals of Virginia, 1990 by R. V. Dietrich
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