Is a manmade stone, a type of synthetic glass made with copper or
copper salts in the presence of a reducing flame. Under normal oxidative conditions,
copper ions meld into the silica to produce transparent bluish-green glass; when the
reducedGoldstone melt cools, the copper remains in atomic isolation and precipitates
into small crystalline clusters. The finished product can take a smooth polish and be
carved into beads, figurines, or other items suitable for semiprecious stone. In fact,
Goldstoneis often mistaken or misrepresented as a natural material.
The manufacturing process forGoldstone was discovered in seventeenth-century Venice
by the Miotti family, which was granted an exclusive license by the Doge. Persistent
folklore attributes the discovery and secrets ofGoldstone to an unnamed Italian monastic
order, giving rise to the alternate name "Monk's Gold" or "Monkstone". Another name,
"Stellaria", is based on the starry internal reflections.
Goldstonehas been called the stone of ambition and drive. Because of the copper,
Goldstoneis believed to embody many of the metaphysical properties of copper,
including strengthening the circulatory system, strengthening bones, and easing