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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

reduced Goldstone 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,

Goldstone is often mistaken or misrepresented as a natural material.

The manufacturing process for Goldstone 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 of Goldstone 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.

Goldstone has been called the stone of ambition and drive. Because of the copper,

Goldstone is believed to embody many of the metaphysical properties of copper,

including strengthening the circulatory system, strengthening bones, and easing

arthritis pain.

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