A Writers Guide to Sunstone

sunstone, variety of oligoclase from India

sunstone, variety of oligoclase from India

Sunstone, also known as heliolite, is a plagioclase feldspar that exhibits aventurescence, a metallic glitter. It also demonstrates the shiller effect where the metallic inclusions reflect light in a brilliant display of color.

Its colors include clear, yellow, red, green, blue, and copper shiller.

History and Lore

  • The golden sparkle caused the Greeks to dedicate this stone to the sun-god Helios. They believed the stone protected the earth and kept the sun on course.
  • The Vikings used it as a talisman. The stone has been found in Viking burial mounds.
  • During the Renaissance, magicians used the stone to call upon the power of the sun.
  • Sunstone is not a common gemstone. Its most famous location is in Norway. However, a large deposit was found in Oregon, United States and it’s that states official gemstone.
unpolished Oregon sunstone

unpolished Oregon Sunstone

The Oregon Sunstone has an optical effect caused by the reflections from red copper inclusions concentrating more in the center creating a darker middle.

Magical and Mystical Properties include

  • stimulating self-healing
  • relieving sore throats
  • reducing depression
  • relieving Seasonal Affective Disorder cause during dark winters
  • relieving exhaustion
  • promoting good circulation
  • promoting cheerfulness, good humor, and good temper
  • promoting self-confidence and self-esteem
  • heightening intuition
  • providing protection

Sunstone and moonstoneΒ are used together in Solstice rituals. They are typical placed side by side on the altar, or the priest wears the sunstone, and the priestess wears the moonstone.

Discharging & Recharging

To discharge sunstone, once a month let lukewarm water run over the stone. To recharge, place it in the sunlight for several hours. (In stone therapy, when using stones to heal, their energy is used up, requiring the stones to be recharged.)

This is a reference for fiction writers and should not be taken as medical or spiritual advice.

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  1. I love how it glitters in the first pic, I love me all things sparkly πŸ™‚

    1. I’ll admit, at first I thought it was man-made.

  2. In the first photograph, the stone looks just like a heart. So I’m not surprised it promotes good circulation πŸ™‚

  3. Aww! They’re so pretty! I want one. Especially one buried with a viking – HOW COOL WOULD THAT BE???!!

  4. Sunstone is pretty! I like how it glitters.

  5. Man, I gotta get me one of those πŸ˜‰ Seriously though, I love learning random facts and I found this fascinating. Thanks so much for sharing! πŸ˜€

  6. Those mystical properties sound mighty handy for February. πŸ™‚

  7. Very cool. And pretty πŸ™‚

    Thanks for continuing on with these stones from time to time.

  8. Hi Holly
    It amazes me how many different stones there are and how many different legends surrounds each and everyone. This is a great resource. Thanks for posting.

  9. I just read an article about Vikings using feldspar to help them navigate at sea. Wonder if this was the type of stone they used. I’ll have to go back and read it again. Cool stone.

  10. That’s such a lovely stone, and it’s giving me story ideas. I think it just winked at me. πŸ˜‰

  11. Gorgeous!

  12. That is really cool. I can’t stop staring at the sparkles. πŸ™‚

  13. Gemstones fascinate me. I’d love to see a real sunstone that I might touch. Thanks for sharing this interesting information. Mystical and healing…wonderful.

    Mary Montague Sikes

  14. As pretty as the polished one is, I have to say I love the look of the unpolished stone. πŸ™‚

    Interesting post!

  15. I’d love to have a bit of sparkly stone like that!

  16. Very interesting to hear the scientific and mythical aspects of the rocks. Are you using this theme for the A to Z Challenge again this year?

    1. No. That might be overkill. I haven’t signed up yet, but I did come up with an idea. So, I just might.

  17. I love sunstone! Well, truth be known, I love anything that sparkles πŸ˜‰

  18. Hi Holly .. I was wondering if the Viking stone is the one that it’s thought they used as a magnetic force – a pointer in their travels .. I seem to remember reading something like this ..

    Interesting read .. cheers Hilary

  19. This made me think of opal at first, but I don’t know my rocks and when I compared the two, turns out they don’t have much in common. They are pretty though.

  20. The Sunstone is so pretty. It reminds me a little of the new granite counters I bought–brown with flecks of sparkles. πŸ™‚

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