Sunstone Crystal Information
There are some stones that are just mesmerising to look at, and Sunstone is a perfect example of one such stone.
Sunstone is a truly stunning crystal in appearance: displaying gorgeous, glittering flecks of golden-orange contrasted against a creamy-white backdrop, this orange crystal is incredibly beautiful.
But what makes Sunstone so special, and what creates its unique appearance? Read on to find out more about Sunstone's magical properties.
What Is Sunstone Made Of?
Sunstone is a plagioclase feldspar mineral like Labradorite and Rainbow Moonstone.
Sunstone displays a shimmering Schiller Effect termed "aventurescence": the stone is famed for its twinkling, sparkling flecks caused by the reflection of light between tiny mineral inclusions.
This aventurescent effect is thus named because it is also present in Aventurine: for this reason, Sunstone has also been called "aventurescent feldspar".
Due to this aventurescence, Sunstone displays glittering, golden metallic flashes as a result of either shimmering copper inclusions or hematite inclusions.
Oregon Sunstone tends to include copper, whilst Sunstone from India tends to include hematite.
Sunstone can also sometimes display small inclusions, especially Black Tourmaline inclusions.
Where Does Sunstone Come From?
Sunstone is most famously sourced from Oregon, USA (where it is the official state gemstone), but it can also be found in India, Norway, and other countries worldwide.
Sunstone has been revered since ancient times, and has been worshipped as a representation of various Sun Gods in many different cultures due to its warm, sunny aventurescent effect and golden hues.
For this reason, Sunstone has also been called "Heliolite" after the Greek Sun God Helios.
Sunstone also has a special place in Native American folklore: it is said that the colour of Sunstone was created from the blood of a wounded warrior.
Sunstone Crystal Healing
Sunstone is heavily associated with the Sacral Chakra: crystal healers believe the stone exudes a warm, sunny energy which enhances feelings of joy, pleasure, and creativity in its user.
If you are struggling with low mood, or just having a down day, many crystal healers believe it to be beneficial to hold a piece of Sunstone to boost your mood.
Many crystal healers and spiritualists believe using Sunstone to be like receiving a 'jolt' in energy: it is said to be incredibly energising and motivating!
How Hard Is Sunstone?
Measuring 6 to 6.5 on the Mohs scale, this mineral is relatively hard and durable, but care should still be taken not to damage the crystal surface.
To clean the crystal, simply use water and a soft cloth.
Sunstone Crystal Collections
A Sunstone Specimen would complement a piece of Moonstone perfectly, particularly a Rainbow Moonstone specimen, which has a stunning lunar appearance.
Rainbow Moonstone, with its feminine energy, perfectly complements the masculine energy of Sunstone: its healing properties and energy contrast beautifully against those of Sunstone, much like its appearance.
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