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Is Goldstone a Healing Crystal?

10 Facts About Goldstone

1. Although sometimes used as a healing crystal, goldstone is man-made.  Most of this decorative material is manufactured in China.

2. The most common colour for goldstone is orange-brown. The glass used to produce this material is colourless.  The colour comes from the specs of crystallised copper that are added whilst being manufactured. 

3. Blue goldstone which is made with coloured glass uses cobalt instead of crystallised copper.  Green goldstone although rare, uses specs of chromium.  The glass is also coloured.

4. Before being called 'goldstone', this decorative material was known as aventurine glass. The widely shared story about goldstone being discovered 'accidentally' by glass-making monks in Venice is a myth.

5. Goldstone is believed to have been discovered by Italian physicist and astronomer Vincenzo Miotti, who was born near Venice in 1712.

6. The mineral aventurine is said to have been named after aventurine glass because of the way light reflects off minute inclusions within the stone. 

7. Goldstone 'twinkles' as light reflects off the metallic inclusions.  This optical effect is best seen in ambient light.

8. Those who use goldstone as a healing crystal say it revitalises the mind and body. It's also believed to improve circulation (probably because of the copper) and support tissue regeneration. 

9. Before goldstone became widely known as a man-made material it was sometimes used to imitate sunstone and very occasionally, still is.  Sunstone is aventurine feldspar.  

10. The quality of the sparkle in goldstone is more impressive when crystals grow larger.  If the molten glass cools too quickly, the crystals remain relatively small.

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