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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

Synonyms:
Adventurine FeldsparAventurine FeldsparAventurine OrthoclaseHeliolite
Other Languages:
Simplified Chinese:日长石
Varieties:
Oregon Sunstone

Other Information

Health Warning: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:

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

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    Localities for Sunstone

    The 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. ? 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 Shire
        • 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.
    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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