Oregon Sunstones

Oregon Sunstones are the state gemstone. In fact, Oregon was the very first state to have an official gemstone, beating out California by two weeks. They are a feldspar, often with copper inclusions, and similar stones were used by the Vikings to locate the sun on cloudy days for navigational purposes. I’m currently sorting through nearly 26 pounds of the lovely gems, spending way to … Continue reading Oregon Sunstones


New Geodes Getting Ready for Bookends

Many of the geodes and rocks the boys and I find are fairly “rough” on the outside, looking like a bubbly mess that popped out of a volcano eons ago (which it often is). But when you slice it open it’s like Christmas to see all the amazing colors and agate formations that are inside. Here’s a recent batch that had some really fun rocks … Continue reading New Geodes Getting Ready for Bookends