Sunstone is a form of quartz and a member of the feldspar minerals. Inclusions of copper, hematite, or goethite between the sunstones crystal layers produce a beautiful iridescence shimmer when the stone is viewed from various angles.
First discovered in Norway, the Sunstone crystal is linked with ancient Norse texts that reference the Vikings using it to navigate the seas. The tiny inclusions were used to catch rays of light from the sun, the GPS of Mother Nature. In the United States, sunstones were discovered by the Native Americans who treasured them. Sunstone has been found in Australia, Canada, China, Congo, India, Mexico, Norway, Russia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and parts of the United States.
Color Red, Orange, Brown, Pink
Hardness 6 - 6.5
Crystal System Triclinic
Refractive Index 1.525 - 1.548
SG 2.62 - 2.65
Transparency Transparent to translucent
Care of Sunstone
When needed wash with warm, soapy water and a soft cloth or soft brush. Dry thoroughly.
Wrap in a cloth or a fabric bag so it cannot scratch softer materials or be scratched by metals or harder gemstone.
Metaphysical Traits Associated With Sunstone
*All metaphysical or healing properties listed below are collected from various sources. The validity of the information is not guaranteed nor expresses the artist's views. This compiled information is offered as a service for those interested in potential metaphysical properties and not meant to treat medical conditions.