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!
Mineralogy of Sunstone
Mineral Family: Feldspar
Chemical Composition: (CA, NA) [AISi)2 Si 2 O8 ]
Color: Orange, red-brown, sparkling
Crystal System: Triclinic
Fracture: Grainy, splintery, brittle
Luminescence: Occasional Violet (long wave), Red (short wave)t
Transparency: Translucent, opaque
Location: Sunstone deposits are found in Australia, Canada, India, Madagascar, Norway, Russia (Siberia), and the United States.
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
History of Sunstone
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.
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. It has been used to sooth the nervous system and to encourage the body’s organs and systems to work together to provide optimal health. It is also said to increase metabolism and digestion. Sunstone is also commonly used to increase sexual satisfaction and physical stamina.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
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.
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
This Sunstone was polished in Mumbai, India.
The Lapidary is owned by a woman and is a family business.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells exclusively at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I first met the owner of the lapidary in 2014 at the Gem and Mineral show in Tucson, Arizona. It was my first buying trip for my own store and I was nervous. Most lapidary owners were brisk and impatient with my questions, especially when I asked about the mines and the supply chains. But one man stood out to me as particularly patient and kind. He had been a whole-seller for over twenty years, yet he was happy to meet someone brand-new to the industry.
He took time to talk to me about the stones. They came from his home country of India and he was able to tell me exactly which state or territory each one came from and some of the conditions at the individual mines. When I told him that I wanted to source ethically, he said that it would be difficult, but that it was worthwhile challenge. He made me feel like I could succeed, both at ethical sourcing and at being a business woman.
I looked forward to a long business relationship with him. He died, unexpectedly, in 2016.
I stayed in touch with his family and in 2017 met his wife, teenage daughter, and his father. This three-generation family has picked up the pieces and learned how to run the business. The wife had never worked before, but she has gracefully stepped into her new role as a business owner. Her father-in-law offers practical and moral support, but makes sure that everyone knows that SHE is the boss and that checks should be written directly to her. The family continues to be supportive of my efforts to ethically source. More than any other lapidary, they are willing to speak openly with me about the difficult parts of the industry.
Sunstone Tumbled Stone
Color: Orange, with large orange-gold sparkles. This is a 100 % natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: 1 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
Safe Handling of Orange Sunstone
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