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Sunstone

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A variety of feldspar (microcline or oligoclase) that has schiller, commonly with an orange/brown background color, due to oriented small hematite or copper crystals that give it an flash and sparkle. Also called Aventurine feldspar.

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Classification of Sunstone

Relationship of Sunstone to other Species

Member of:
Other Members of Group:
AlbiteNa(AlSi3O8)
AmazoniteK(AlSi3O8)
Andesine(Na,Ca)[Al(Si,Al)Si2O8]
AnorthiteCa(Al2Si2O8)
Anorthoclase(Na,K)AlSi3O8
BanalsiteNa2BaAl4Si4O16
Buddingtonite(NH4)(AlSi3)O8
Bytownite(Ca,Na)[Al(Al,Si)Si2O8]
CelsianBa(Al2Si2O8)
DmisteinbergiteCa(Al2Si2O8)
FilatoviteK(Al,Zn)2(As,Si)2O8
HexacelsianBaAl2Si2O8
Hyalophane(K,Ba)[Al(Si,Al)Si2O8]
KokchetaviteK(AlSi3O8)
KumdykoliteNa(AlSi3O8)
Labradorite(Ca,Na)[Al(Al,Si)Si2O8]
MicroclineK(AlSi3O8)
Oligoclase(Na,Ca)[Al(Si,Al)Si2O8]
OrthoclaseK(AlSi3O8)
ParacelsianBa(Al2Si2O8)
ReedmergneriteNaBSi3O8
RubiclineRb(AlSi3O8)
SanidineK(AlSi3O8)
SlawsoniteSr(Al2Si2O8)
StronalsiteNa2SrAl4Si4O16
SvyatoslaviteCa(Al2Si2O8)

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

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

Localities for Sunstone

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