Sunstone

sunstone

SUNSTONE CHARACTERISTICS

  • Origin of the name: Commonly referred to as ‘sunstone’ or ‘heliolitist’ due to its twinkling effect, which evokes the glare of the stars, it owes its name to Jean-Claude Delamétherie (mineralogist)
  • Group: Feldspar
  • Chemical composition: Sodium and calcium aluminosilicate, Na (AlSi3O3) Ca (Al2Si2O8).
  • Hardness: Between 6 and 6.5.
  • Crystal System: Triclinic
  • Deposits: Canada, India, Norway, Russia, the United States
  • Colour Brown, orange, or red with haematite and goethite stripes.

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SUNSTONE: ITS HISTORY, ORIGIN AND COMPOSITION, AND ITS LITHO THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES

History of Sunstone (or heliolite)

Sunstone has always fascinated throughout the ages. It has been appreciated for many properties related to its warm orange colour. In ancient times, this shiny orange quartz was considered to have magical virtues. For example, the Scandinavian people, especially the Vikings, revered this stone. In Norse mythology, possessing this sunstone allowed easy access to Valhalla, the resting ground for slain warriors. Archaeologist Thorkild Ramskou made a hypothesis in 1967. Heliolite was reportedly found aboard a shipwreck. To him, it was a Viking heritage, which at the time, long before the invention of the compass, was used to aid in orientation at sea. Simply placing heliolite in front of one’s eye, looking towards the sky, could help one to find the sun’s position.

In ancient Greece, sunstone represented the sun god (Helios) and bestowed good fortune, prosperity and longevity to its possessor. It was often used in the form of jewellery, such as for sunstone pendants, bracelets and necklaces.

Over the years, each civilisation granted it their own attributes. For the Celts who worshiped the sun, heliolite represented cosmic light. For Buddhists, heliolite is associated with the protective and benevolent god Vishnu. A variety from Oregon, USA (Oregon sunstone) was discovered in 1980. It is made up of labradorite and contains minimal copper particles instead of haematite. The well-known orange colour is enhanced. It can also be green, yellow, brown or transparent.

Origin and Composition of Sunstone (or heliolite)

Once called the ‘stone of the stars’, sunstone takes its current name from its twinkling effect, recalling that of the stars. It was in 1801 that French mineralogist Jean-Claude Delamétherie named it so. It belongs to the Oligoclase family, from the feldspar group. Its colours are very enchanting, ranging from a variation of brown, red, and orange. But its name also comes from the metallic effect obtained by its presence of haematites or goethites. These reflect light from their iridescent green-blue colour. Its hardness (scratch resistance of different minerals) is between 6 and 6.5 on the Mohs scale.

Chemical composition: Na (AlSi3O8) Ca (Al2Si2O8)

Crystal System: Triclinic

Deposits: Sunstone is primarily found in Canada, the United States, Norway, Russia, India and Madagascar.

Litho Therapeutic Properties of Sunstone

Psychologically, regardless of the beliefs of different cultures, it should be noted that heliolite is a symbol of power and harmony.

  • A stone of positive feelings it gives off light that is reflected on the mental state. It wards off depressive tendencies, gloom, sadness, isolationism, emotional blockages, worries. Everything that prevents us from evolving and being at peace is encapsulated by its solar strength. The mind’s psychological barriers give way to self-confidence. The main characteristics of heliolite are the warmth and optimism it radiates.
  • A lucky stone, it is known to bring good luck to the one who possesses it. It promotes personal ambition and unblocks complexes.
  • A protective stone, it helps you to regain peaceful sleep and limits nightmares.
  • A stone of empathy, its energetic benefits provoke a desire to reach out to others, to meet new people and create friendships.

Physically, sunstone is a hot stone that has a positive effect on your physical abilities.

  • A stone of carnal desires, heliolite stimulates the sex organs. It fights against erectile dysfunction and promotes fertility and procreation. Placed on the sacred chakra (the 2nd chakra) it reactivates sexuality.
  • A strengthening stone, it reinforces the heart and nervous system, stimulating the immune defences.
  • A stone of digestive comfort, placed on the solar plexus (3rd chakra) it promotes inner well-being.
  • Ensures the proper functioning of the digestive system and of intestinal transit. Prevents bloating and swollen stomachs.

Sunstone’s Symbolism

  • Sunstone (or heliolite) is a source of light, life and warmth. It symbolises ritual dance.

Sunstone Traditions

  • Astrology: Sunstone represents authority, warmth and the masculine.
  • Buddhism: The Golden Man, Vishnu’s stone.
  • Celtic: It represents cosmic light.
  • China: The imperial sun.
  • Christianity: It represents the 12 apostles.
  • Greece: It is the father, the cosmic intelligence.
  • Hebrew: The High Priest’s stone.
  • Tarot: It is the united family, harmony, closeness with nature, clarity of judgement and expression, vanity.

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