This is a very special form of treated glass. The Miotti family in the 17th century perfected the technique of making this stone. Another name for this stone is "monk's gold". It's believed to have dated back to medieval times.
During the process of making goldstone, pure copper is melded into the matrix to produce the "microscopic sparkling spheres". Some are gold/brown and some are dark blue/violet. Goldstone is beautiful, and more so when it is polished. It is shaped into beads, jewelry, and small figurines.
Even though Goldstone is glass, or silica, it can still be used as a "healing" gem due to the microscopic copper spheres.
Red Goldstone is a reddish copper color with beautiful flecks of copper suspended inside. Red Goldstone can be used as a physical stimulator and to renew strength. This tumbled Red Goldstone is one of our few synthetic stones.
Often mistaken as a mineral, goldstone is actually a glittering man made glass. It is typically reddish brown with coppery flecks but also comes in green, blue, and purple, with more silvery specks. The name may refer to the random nature of its spangles or the difficulty in producing it.
In gem folklore, it was first produced accidentally. The legend has many variations. A monk, or factory worker, randomly knocked copper shavings into molten glass.
Sometimes it is falsely represented as a natural material secretly mined by monks or still hand crafted by them. Goldstone, like diamond, is a good deflector of unwanted energies, and is highly regarded in the spirit realm as a protection mineral. It is a nervous system stimulant and enhances transmission of healing energies from the hands, therefore it is applicable to long-distance healing
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