Though many people think Goldstone is a natural stone, all colored and sparkle varieties are specially manufactured glass products, but with a fascinating history and an exact manufacturing process that was a tightly guarded secret for hundreds of years.
The sparkle is created by thousands of tiny, flat, highly reflective metallic inclusions and the different colors of the stones by the inclusion of particular elements such as chromium for green goldstone and cobalt for blue goldstone.
Goldstone is fabricated by melting high-purity quartz sand with specific metallic oxides and other elements that transform the metallic oxides, such as copper oxide in traditional goldstone, into pure elemental form. Once the crucible of glass is fully melted, it is completely sealed off from all air to induce an “oxygen-reducing atmosphere.” The temperature has to be exactly controlled to ensure the glass remains molten, but in a very tiny temperature range stays cool enough for the copper to morph into tiny solid flecks and not melt.
There are five colors of goldstone and a big difference in rarity based upon the color. Traditional brown goldstone (often mistakenly called “red”) is made with copper oxide and is the most common.
Blue goldstone is the next most common and is made with cobalt oxide and the flakes appear more silvery than coppery. Green is made and owes its color to chromium oxide. Purple is very scarce and is made with manganese oxide. Be aware that 95% of what may be sold as “purple goldstone,” is in reality blue goldstone. The rarest color of goldstone is red. It is a true vibrant red color and is made by the addition of pure gold to the molten glass.
The first reference made to what very much sounds like goldstone, was in ancient Greece when Pliny the Elder referred to a red glass he called “Haematinum” and specifically mentioned that it had tiny flecks of copper within the glass.
The second indication of goldstone and the first affirmed historical evidence can be seen in an amulet dated from the 12th to 13th century Persia that currently resides in a University of Pennsylvania collection.
The next known appearance of goldstone was in Italy in the 16th century, where legend tells us that a single monastery of monks rediscovered the lost Persian process while trying to use alchemy and create gold. Though scoffed at today as nothing more than a legend, most legends are based upon factual events. It is revealing that goldstone was known as “monkstone” throughout Europe at that time.
In the 17th century, the Miotti glass-making family of Venice Italy started producing goldstone jewelry, bowls, vases, and drinking vessels. Venice is famous for its glassware and glass art, and many competing glassmakers tried to pry the secret of goldstone from the Miottis. However, they kept the process of creating goldstone closely guarded until it was shared with a few other Venetian glassmakers in the late 18th century. To this day Venice is the premier location in the world to see and buy exquisite glass art and glassware, including spectacular pieces highlighted by goldstone.
Venice's glassmaking guilds had a goldstone monopoly until the latter part of the 20th century when inferior goldstone products started becoming available from China. But side-by-side the quality and beauty, the difference between Chinese goldstone and Venetian goldstone is stark. The Chinese still have not mastered the Venetian secret of obtaining the universal distribution of the metallic flakes or creating the larger flakes that just jump out and awe you with their flashing brilliance.
Magickal Gems goldstone palm stones have been enchanted by three Adepts in a Celestine Light Circle of Power to produce clear and startling insights when in meditation or contemplation. The insights can be about a specific subject or question the possessor is thinking about, or can come as a brilliant flash of insight and understanding about a subject or challenge that was not even in their conscious thoughts.
The following Stewardship Angels were also called upon during the enchantment process to imbue their special energy into the Goldstone Palm Stone:
Graszaneen: Angel of Self-empowerment
Haslamatah: Angel of the Flow
Ionestia: Angel of Initiative
Judan: Angel of Secrets Revealed
Karondarel: Angel of Manifestation
Sarkaroc: Angel of Catalyst Energy
Uljani: Angel of Meditation
Vivasianna: Angel of Introspection
Xezerahim: Angel of Higher Consciousness
Zarvanel: Angel of Hidden Power
To utilize the magick of the enchanted Goldstone Palm Stone to help you receive insights while in contemplation or meditation, hold the stone in front of you in the palm of your hand. Gently move your hand a bit and the tiny flecks inside the stone will send out scintillating twinkles of light. As you gaze at the endless sparkles contemplate the insight you are seeking, or alternatively, just leave your mind blank and completely open to what pops in from the flow of the universe for your highest good. You can also choose to gaze at the endless sparkles in the enchanted stone while you flip it over and over in your hand. If you bring it closer to your eyes the tiny sparkling reflective lights will blur. Some people find the blurring effect helps them go into deep meditation. Regardless of how you move it or how far away from your eyes you hold it, the enchanted Goldstone Palm Stone can have a very hypnotic effect. Experiment with light intensity to see if the enchanted stone works best for you in dim or bright light.
Size: approx.. 60x40x20mm
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