Goldstone


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Name Origin: Goldstone is a type of glittering glass made in a low-oxygen reducing atmosphere. Another common name for the material is aventurine glass, based on the original Italian name “avventurina” (from avventura, "adventure" or "chance"). It is also sometimes called "stellaria" or "sun sitara" (sitara = "star" in Sanskrit) for its starry internal reflections, or "monk's gold" or "monkstone" from folkloric associations with an unnamed monastic orde.

Historical significance/folklore: There are a few lore stories about the origins of goldstone. The first is that sometime during the early 1800's, an Italian monk was making glass at his monastery. He accidentally spilled some copper filings into his molten glass and, voila, goldstone was born. The recipe for making goldstone was kept secret by the monks, but was handed down through time.
The second story also takes place in Italy. This story goes that a long time ago, molten copper was accidentally spilled into molten glass at a glass factory in Murano and accidently created goldstone.
The third story, is that goldstone was created by alchemists. One of the many problems that alchemists tried to solve was how to turn iron into gold. Goldstone is thought to be the result of one of these attempts. The original manufacturing process for goldstone was invented in seventeenth-century Venice by the Miotti family, which was granted an exclusive license by the Doge. Persistent folklore describes goldstone as an accidental discovery by an unnamed Italian monastic order or medieval alchemists, but there is no pre-Miotti documentation to confirm this.

Gemstone properties: Red goldstone is associated with vitality and energy. Blue Goldstone is associated with learning and communication. Goldstone is said to be the stone of ambition. It builds energy, courage and a positive attitude. Increases drive and confidence.

Healing properties: Goldstone also has many of the metaphysical properties of copper, including strengthening the circulatory system, strengthening bones, and easing arthritis pain, which is felt to be extremely helpful in increasing blood flow and reducing inflammation.