Goldstone is a man-made stone. It contains numerous, flat-faced, highly reflective inclusions. This reflection is the reason for the brilliance of the goldstone. It is often cut into cabochons, hearts, beads, spheres, pendulums, arrowheads, and small sculptures. Goldstone is available in a variety of colors, but the most common and expensive color is reddish-brown. It is also available in blue and green.
It is said to help one achieve one's goals. In addition, it has many advantages over natural glass. Some consider goldstone to be a symbol of ingenuity, ambition and drive. It is believed to have many metaphysical properties due to the presence of brown goldstone and its copper content. Crystal healers believe that these stones have healing properties mainly in the throat, thyroid, and tonsils. It is also believed to cure inflammation, gout, and rheumatism. Goldstone is also known as a spiritual healer.
Decades after production began in Italy, it was taken over by Chinese glassmakers. Today, much of the goldstone being sold as a gem and lapidary material is coming from factories in China.