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Goldstone Beads (Sandstone)
Goldstone: Also known as sandstone, goldstone is a shimmering manmade gemstone that can be flashy or elegant, depending on how you use it. All colors of goldstone beads - whether reddish rust, lush green, or deep blue goldstone - are made of glass imbued with tiny copper inclusions. Copper salts are added to liquid glass, and then, through a special cooling process, the glass is held at a specific temperature for a length of time before being allowed to cool. As the glass cools, the salts turn into copper crystals, creating the unique sparkle and flashy metallic gleam in these semiprecious beads and pendants.
Blue goldstone beads look like they've captured a clear midnight sky full of stars! Blue goldstone components work great in a number of jewelry styles, including formal wear in which brighter colors of goldstone might appear too showy.
Goldstone reportedly originated with Italian monks trying to make gold out of other materials (alchemy). Because of its origins in a monastery, goldstone is often used in religious jewelry and, despite its synthetic makeup, the gemstone is attributed with metaphysical powers. Goldstone is believed to store the energy of those who touch it, making it an excellent gift for loved ones who are far away. Mystics use goldstone as a nervous-system stimulant and transmitter of healing energies. Regarded as a protection mineral, blue goldstone is considered a good deflector of unwanted energies.