Sunstone (Gem Quality)

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Joyful Energy

Be empowered to let your true colors shine brightly.

Attract good fortune, abundance, and prosperity.

Live for today and let go of past pain and future fear. 

Connect directly to your own power for self-healing.

Let Sunstone remind you how good life can be!

 

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Healing Properties of Sunstone

Spiritual: Sunstone is a joyful stone which encourages us to be true to ourselves. It is a stone of great hope, helping us to believe in our own good luck and ability to live happily ever after. Sunstone is a stone of abundance and can be use to manifest financial prosperity as well as spiritual riches. As it’s name indicates, sunstone represents solar energy and brings gifts of Light and Energy. Sunstone is attuned to the Solar Plexus Chakra, but also serves to clear and energyize Sacral and Solar Plexus Chakras and linked to the astrological signs of Leo and Libra. It is connected to the element of Fire and vibrates to the number 1.

Emotional: Sunstone infuses fresh energy to our emotional life. It acts as an anti-depressant and motivates us to do they things we enjoy and to live in the present moment. Sunstone helps us to transform our emotional patterns, it is particularly good for releasing “victim mentality” and instead shows us that we have the power and ability to make positive changes in our live. Sunstone encourages us to be independent, brave and comfortable in our own skin. 

Mental: Sunstone brings a whirl of fresh thinking and problem-solving. It encourage us to see the “obvious” solution that was always lurking in the back of our minds. That solution might be cautious and practical or wildly daring – either way, sunstone gives us the self-confidence to trust ourselves to be successful in our ventures. Sunstone is a stone that teaches leadership and creativity, and encourages us to use our power and gifts in service to the Highest Good.   

Physical: Sunstone is a wonderful stone to stimulate our powers of self-healing and to explore the mind-body connection.  It helps us to be calm and confident when faced with health issues, wisely remembering that panic and stress only exasperates problems.  Sunstone reminds us that self-healing doesn’t necessarily mean we shut ourselves away from other healing modalities.  Self-healing can include being open to a variety of possibilities, from ancient meditation practices to the latest surgical advances.  Self-healing can include being our own healthcare advocate, seeking out second opinions, following doctor’s orders as precisely as possible and making important lifestyle changes.  Sunstone invites our mind and soul to work with our physical body to give it the best chance of reaching optimal health.    It is also a fun talisman for anyone exploring sexual satisfaction and for athletes who want to push the body to the next level. 

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.

Mineralogy of Sunstone

Rough Sunstone
Rough Sunstone, Harts Range, Central Desert Region, Northern Territory, Australia

Mineral Family: Feldspar

Chemical Composition: (CA, NA) [AISi)2 Si 2 O8 ]
Cleavage: Perfect
Color: Orange, red-brown, sparkling
Crystal System:  Triclinic
Form/Habit: Massive
Fracture: Grainy, splintery, brittle
Gravity: 2.62-2.65
Hardness: 6-6.5
Luminescence: Occasional Violet (long wave), Red (short wave)t
Luster: Pearly
Streak: White</
Transparency: Translucent, opaque

Location: Sunstone deposits are found in Australia, Canada, India, Madagascar, Norway, Russia (Siberia), and the United States.orange-sunstone-mine-locations

Mineral Family: Sunstone is a term used to describe a variety of Feldspar minerals, which all belong to the Silicate Family. Silicate minerals form the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Feldspar. Sunstone is the name used for several types of Feldspar which show a orange or golden iridescence when cut properly. Most Sunstones are technically Oligoclase, but they can also be Adularia, Albite, Anorthoclase, Orthoclase or Sanidine. These stones are closely related to several other shimmering minerals such as Amazonite, Moonstone and Labradorite. Sunstones are orange or brown and marked by a soft iridescent shimmer.

Formation: Sunstone may be formed through igneous, sedimentary or metamorphic processes.  Its most famous feature is an orange or golden iridescence. This shimmer is called the “schiller effect” and is caused by a tiny layers of various Feldspar minerals (most notably Albite) which are laid down during the crystallization process.

Mining: Typically mined from the primary deposits still having their original relationship with the host rock.

Enhancements: All Sunstones are natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting and polishing.

Synonyms: Aventurine Feldspar, Eclipsite

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: Rough Sunstone

History of Sunstone

Surya
Surya, Hindu Solar God

Unlike most healing stones, Sunstone isn’t a single mineral or a rock, but rather the title given to a variety of Feldspars that show a shimmering warm iridescence. Sunstones range from bright orange to golden-brown and has been closely associated with the sun since antiquity.  Until relatively recently it was far more rare than its well-known “cousin” Moonstone.

According to ancient lapidaries, texts which describe gemstones and their powers, the earliest known Sunstones hailed from India.  In its native country, Sunstone was linked to Surya, the sun god, and was believed to protect its carrier from the dark forces of the spiritual realm. In ancient Greece, Sunstone instead represented the sun gods Apollo and/or Helios and was believe to bring good fortune to anyone who carried a piece in their pocket. Sunstone was widely believed to give physical vitality and strength and to act as an antidote to poison.

While large deposits of feldspar Sunstones are in fact located in Norway, this stone can not possibly be the legendary “Sunstone” or Viking Compass, which helped Viking mariners navigate the oceans. Celebrated in the Nordic Sagas, the Viking Sunstone allowed navigators to locate the sun when it is hidden by fog, using the mineral’s natural polarizing optical properties.  Today, historians and geologists alike believe that the Viking Sunstone was actually either an Iceland Spar (a type of Clear Calcite) or the blue gemstone Iolite.

Sunstone is also found in North America, both in Canada and the United States. The First Nation tribes in Eastern Canada used Sunstone in the center of medicine wheels. It was reported that when the spirit guides were successfully contacted, that the Sunstone would begin to glow with a golden light. In Oregon, the Native American tribes believed that Sunstone’s shimmery color was due to the dripping blood of a great warrior who had been wounded by an arrow during one of his adventures.  The blood carried his warrior spirit and infused the stones’ with his courage and power.

Photos: Surya

Ethically Sourced Sunstone

 

The Miners sell directly to the Lapidary.

The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals. 

Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.

 

 

 

 

The Supply Chain

The Supply Chain is short.

The Mine and Lapidary are located in the same country.

 

 

The Mine

This Sunstone was artisanally-mined near Karur, Tamil Naidu, India.  

The exact deposit is unknown, but most likely caused only minor environmental damage,

and would have been relatively low risk for miners. 

Learn More: Ethical Mining

 

The Lapidary

This Sunstone was polished in Mumbai, India.

The Lapidary is a family business, owned by two business partners.

Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.

The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells exclusively at large gem shows.

Learn More: Ethical Lapidary

 

Sourcing Relationship

I first met one of the owners of the lapidary at the Denver Gem Show in 2017.  Our first encounter was short since it was my last day of shopping and I had already spent most of my budget.  But their tumbled stock was the highest quality I had ever seen.  A few months later we met again in Tucson and this time I made sure to see them at the beginning of the show!

In 2019, at the Tucson Gem Show, I was able to sit down with both owners and have a lengthy conversation about sourcing.  Unlike most vendors, they were willing to speak with me in-depth about how they make sure their business is ethical.  We talked about individual mines they source from both in India as well as how they source from other countries.  We also talked about how they treat their own workers and about the links between business, karma and God.   Their willingness to talk and their pleasure at the conversation makes me eager to continue to develop and deepen this relationship.

Safe Handling of Sunstone

Sunstone

What You’ll Receive: A 100% natural Sunstone

Selection Process: The stone I select for you will be carefully chosen for its beauty and appeal.  If combined with other stones, I always take time to choose stones that look and feel good together.

Origin: India

Polishing Method: Polished by hand, one stone at a time. Each stone is unique and minor variations are what makes them beautiful.

Details:

  • Color: Dark orange with vibrant gold and rainbow sparkles
  • Polish: Shiny and smooth
  • Quality: AAA
  • Shape: Rounded
  • Size: Average size varies:
    • Large is .75 in / 19 mm
    • Small is .5 in / 12 mm
  • Transparency: Opaque
  • Weight: Average weight varies
    • Large is is 2.5 g / 12.5 carats
    • Small is 2 g / 10 carats

Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days.  International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.

Reviews

  1. Rebekah M. (Colorado)

    Such a precious Sunstone, I love it!

  2. Elani T. (Greece)

    I love the crystals you picked for me.

  3. Catherine L. (New York)

    From “mine to pocket” it’s a comforting thought knowing these stones were ethically sourced.

  4. Kristin B. (Indiana)

    I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful selection of crystals! I was so eager to open the box and I can feel the care and thoughtfulness that was used when choosing them. They are SO BEAUTIFUL – I can’t wait to spend time getting to know each of them

    Many blessings and thanks for the care in selecting my crystals! I sense I will be visiting your site frequently—thank you!!

  5. Beth S. (Kentucky)

    Sparkles on sparkles, glitter on glitter, this joyful gemmy Sunstone shimmers, shines and laughs, and its gladness is infectious.

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