Today I have macro pictures of four different sunstones. These were all mined by myself nearish Plush Oregon in the gorgeous Oregon High Desert.
Oregon Sunstones are a clear feldspar created in basalt heavy lava flows, although I have seen them in non-basalt areas. By far the most common color is yellow, but orange/red tinted with schiller (tiny copper flakes as seen below) is fairly rare, and green is the most coveted. Rarest of all though are blue/purples from the Ponderosa Sunstone Mine.
5.45 Carats, 12mm Round, red Oregon Sunstone
Both of these gems, plus several others are for sale. If you’re interested in them please let me know.
Oval Oregon Sunstone, 2.55 carats, 11x7.5mm
Here are a couple of pictures, the fruits and purpose of the trip that got the Crater Lake pictures below. In my opinion Oregon Sunstone is one of the most gorgeous gems around, especially in the lighter yellow and almost clear colors that give it’s nick-name of Oregon Diamond. Note that Oregon Diamond is actually a real diamond found closer to the gold mines in Cave Junction and Junction City. The green and incredibly rare blue and purple colors are the most highly sought after, especially if they have either dichroic color change (where the color changes by moving it,) or color change under different lighting conditions. Color change is usually Green to Red or Green to Yellow.
This specimen is known as schiller due to the small pieces of copper flakes visible. In other gems this could be considered a flaw, but is sought after in Sunstone as it helps give off extra flash. In this particular gem they’re still visible to the eye, but they’re highly exaggerated this close-up. We got this at the Spectrum Sunstone Mine near Plush Oregon.
These are also the first pictures I’ve taken with my new Macro lens, and with the light box. They turned out pretty good, but I think I can do better on the next set. I have issues with the Macro lens casting a shadow since I get so close, so I added the mirror to help bounce light back. I feel it also lends a certain bit of classiness to the photo itself, which will be good as I am planning on selling this gem.
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Photography is a pretty expensive hobby when you start to really get into it. After the camera itself, and additional lenses, the biggest expense is flashes. Luckily there is a LOT of do it yourself hacks to help the on a budget photographer illuminate their subjects.
Digital Photography School has created a list of ten really good ones. Number 2, Poor Mans Ring Flash, Number 3 Inexpensive Light Tent, and Number 10, Full Budget DIY Lighting Studio all look like projects I’ll be trying out really soon.