But is it a gemstone? What is goldstone? Is there gold in it? Is it a stone?
|Goldstone - Copper Crystals|
How Is It Made?
Goldstone also appears in other colors, depending on other elements. If cobalt is used instead of copper, it
itself is basically clear so it's very unusual and fascinating to stare at!
|Blue Goldstone Briolette|
However, be aware that it is NOT a "semi precious gemstone" as it is described by jewelry shops online. It does not grow as a crystal. It is NOT "Blue Sandstone" described as "composed of quartz or feldspar because these are the most common minerals in the Earth's crust. The sand inside creates the blue color. For this reason, this substance is named "Blue sandstone," which I just saw on Etsy. (WOW---that's really an example of FRAUD!) It's not a gemstone at all. It is in the same category as "opalite" or "hydro quartz" or "fused quartz"--- GLASS. Pretty, but just manmade glass, even though actual elements (copper, etc.) are used to make it and actual crystalized copper is what provides the sparkle---all embedded in glass. I saw little strands of blue goldstone disc beads at Michael's this weekend, for $3.99. They are marked "glass beads" if you look closely at the hang tag, and are found in the area reserved for other glass beads and Swarovski crystals---not even in the gemstone section. Too bad some sellers online aren't as honest as Michael's! But now YOU know!