Even though this glittery glass isn't naturally made, it still is endlessly captivating!
Goldstone is man-made in a low-oxygen reducing atmosphere from small crystals of metallic copper. It is commonly used to create jewelry and figurines because it can be polished and easily carved. It is also called "aventurine glass," "Dell Roba," "monkstone," or "sandstone" (even though it doesn't resemble true sandstone).
The process for creating goldstone was invented by the Miotti family in Venice in the 1600s when they received an exclusive license, however, Persians were known to be producing goldstone before that made evident by the discovery of a 13th century amulet.
Goldstone is commonly created in a reddish-brown color, but can also form in green, purple and blue based on which elements are used in its manufacturing. The "sparkles" of red goldstone come from the metallic luster of large, octahedral copper crystals that form when molten glass is slowly cooled after it was heated to the point where added copper oxide dissolved. Red goldstone's glass has no color--the glittering color that you see comes from the reflections of the copper crystals. Blue, purple, and green goldstone gets its color from the glass itself as cobalt (for blue), manganese (for purple), and chromium (for green) is used instead of copper.
Metaphysical Meaning and Healing Properties: Goldstone is called the stone of ambition as it is believed to increase confidence, drive and energy. Red goldstone is associated with the second chakra (sacral chakra) or the first chakra (root chakra). Some say this man-made gem increases circulation, which then assists with reducing arthritic pain and strengthening bones.
*Price/size/weight reflects one stone. Size and weight vary. May not receive what is shown in picture.
Size: ~ .75 - 1.25 inch
Weight: < 1 oz.
* Stones should not be used as a substitute for medical treatment--Please consult a licensed healthcare specialist. The information within is for entertainment only and is not warranted or claiming to be accurate, reliable, or complete.