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Oregon Sunstone
The sunstone is the state’s gemstone.

Oregon’s state gemstone is a feldspar crystal that weathers out of certain lava flows in south-central Oregon. It may be collected on BLM land near Lakeview. Collecting on mining claims is prohibited. For information, contact BLM, 1000 South Ninth, PO Box 151, Lakeview, OR 97630, phone 541-947-2177

Learn more about Oregon Sunstone from a February, 1987 Oregon Geology magazine article

Sunstone color relates to the amount of copper in the stone – 20 parts per million for yellow, 200 parts per million for red.

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Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 965, Portland, OR 97232-2162
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