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Goldstone

Abundance - Courage - Positive Energy

Affirmation

I trust the intelligence of the universe. I harness my courage and strength. I know there is always light to be found in any darkness.

Hardness

Chemical Formula

SiO2

Structure

Amorphous

Energy

It may seem that man-made crystals take a backseat to natural stones. However, the creativity and power it takes to create Goldstone is infused within its composition. This energy transfers from this sparkling stone to you; fostering self-empowerment, vitality, and the ability to build something new. 

Its red hue harnesses sacral motivation to bring forth action and will power into your life. An extra boost is in its sparkle. These copper flecks infuse lightness into your mentality. When all is dark, Goldstone sheds light like a fiery, glittering beacon. Rediscover your inner fire, boost self-esteem, and go forth into the future with certainty.

Placement

Much like a hearth, Goldstone exudes ignited yet grounded energy. This glittering stone works well when it is stable. It gains power in centered positions similar to a fireplace in a living room. Create a sacred space for Goldstone to generate motivation, will, and vitality. Kitchens, living rooms, and office spaces receive a boost of abundance with Goldstone placed in the center of a table or counter. This abundance infuses into whatever action you take in the space whether it be cooking or working. Every action will be supported by Goldstone’s divine drive. It can also shine light on projects that you are struggling to work through.

Ritual

A great way to connect with Goldstone is through placement rituals such as grid creation. Crystal grids use divine geometry to channel crystals’ energy into a space. Goldstone works best in the center of a triangular grid. In elemental iconography, the triangle represents fire and Goldstone is no stranger to this element. Place quartz or sunstone in each corner. This configuration can be amplified on a copper grid plate or with Goldstone resting atop a copper coil. The process of grid-making aligns you with your crystals as you handle them and feel out where they should be placed.

History

Goldstone was discovered by complete accident. It is told that monks practicing the art of alchemy were attempting to make gold. Working with liquified glass, the story goes that copper shavings were dropped in by a mere mistake - Bob Ross would call this a “happy accident.”

More traditionally, Goldstone can be dated back to the 12th or 13th century in Iran where archeologists have discovered an amulet with similar properties to what we see today. Originally, Goldstone was called “Aventurine Glass.” Aventurescence is the name given to particles that look like glitter or sparkles. In the 17th century in Murano, Italy we see the production of this more modern stone we have today. Production was later moved to China during the Qing Dynasty where Aventurine Glass was offered to members of the court as gifts. Today, much of the production still comes from China.

Goldstone in its reddish coloring is made by heating glass to a temperature that can dissolve copper oxide. Once completely dissolved in the molten glass, the cooling process begins. This is done as slow as possible so that the copper ions have time to pool together and reform their crystals in the glass. The slower the process, the larger the copper crystals can become.

Blue, green, and purple Goldstone are also available. These are created replacing the copper with other metal compounds. Blue Goldstone comes from cobalt, Green Goldstone from chromium, and purple is caused by manganese.

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