Sun Stone Characteristics
- Belonging group : Feldspaths
- Chemical composition : Sodium calcium aluminosilicate, Na(AlSi3O3) Ca(Al2Si2O8).
- Hardness : Between 6 and 6,5
- Crystal System : Triclinic
- Deposits : Canada, United States, India, Norway, Russia.
- Colors : Brown, orange, red and flakes of hematite and goethite.
Sun Stone History
The Sun Stone, or Heliotite, owes its name to its glittering glitter that recalls the color of the sun (helios in ancient Greek). It was so named in 1801 by Jean-Claude Delamétherie, French geologist and mineralogist. It is the hematite or goethite crystals contained in the stone that give it its orange reflections in the light, sometimes tinged with green or blue (the other name of hematite is the blood stone).
During antiquity, it was linked to the worship of the sun god, and was supposed to bring joy and good fortune to its owners. It was also believed to have mystical powers, capable of giving vigor and fighting the effects of poisons under certain conditions.
Among the Nordic peoples, the first great navigators, they accompanied the Viking chiefs to their graves to lead them straight to Valhalla. This ore would also have made it possible to guide these Danish navigators when they ventured out to sea without a compass.
During the Renaissance, gold set with heliolite was used to capture the light and energy of the sun during the practice of magical rituals. Heliolite was used by North American Indians for barter or decoration of objects. The history of this mineral has its share of legends, an Amerindian myth tells that one day, an illustrious warrior hit straight in the heart by an arrow spilled his blood on a heliolite stone, which gave it its color and great powers.
Sun Stone Composition
In its natural state, it is found in metamorphic and igneous rocks mainly in North America, such as in Ottawa, Canada. It can also be found in Norway, Russia and India. It is a variety of oligoclase, with a chemical composition consisting of sodium, silicon and aluminosilicate, it has a triclinic crystallization.
In the field of mineralogy it is called aventurine feldspar. To avoid confusion with aventurine of the quartz family, only mineral specialists use this name. In nature, this mineral is quite rare and the main deposits from which it is extracted are found near Ottawa in Canada.
Sun Stone Meaning and Properties
Sun Stone Metaphysical & Healing Properties
Used in lithotherapy, it holds many surprises and can improve the lives of many users. It helps to promote social relationships, it favourably impacts the mood and makes it easier to meet people. Its wearer is more natural and optimistic, and can easily find the courage to get in touch with new people to start new friendly and warm relationships.
It is a stone of radiance and self-expression that has a direct impact on the psyche. Sun Stone helps to improve self-esteem, to ignore shyness and to push the limits. With its effect fighting against sadness and motivating, it helps to fight against anxiety attacks.
It is a guarantee of joy and helps to come out of one's reserve by improving self-confidence. On an energetic and spiritual level, it offers a radiance around the wearer that pushes him/her to move forward on a positive and luminous path. It is placed on the sacred chakra (second chakra) as well as on the solar plexus chakra (third chakra).
Its invigorating action makes it an effective remedy to fight against laziness and demotivation and to restore energy. It also offers purifying properties and stimulates a better blood activation by acting on the heart and the blood system. It is also used as a stimulant to improve memory and physical condition.
In association with other minerals, it is useful to reduce the risks associated with heartburn. The use of heliolite stone is a guarantee to see benefits on the immune system. It stimulates the care and also acts actively on the nervous system and blood circulation. It allows a better fertility in women, and can be used in men to treat erectile dysfunction.