Sunstone

 

I.

Sunstone, as the name suggests, captivates with its special glow, in the overflow of red, orange and golden yellow tones. This charming stone belongs to the feldspar group of minerals. This attractive stone has another interesting feature, and that is that it can produce the effect of asterism in the form of Four-Way stars. Therefore, it is also called the Star Sunstone.

 

II.

Sunstone has been known for centuries and was discovered in the burial mounds of Vikings. There is a belief that sunstone has magical powers and can summon the sun's energy, which is probably why it was placed in the tombs of the Vikings—their bodies always longing for the sun’s warmth. The ancient Greeks believed that it is the cornerstone of the sun god, Apollo, who brings life, abundance, and prosperity to those who are lucky enough to possess one. Sunstone is generally opaque and therefore it is usually cut en cabochon or polished into beads and used in bracelets, necklaces, or other objects of beauty. Some transparent pieces can be faceted and then used for rings, bracelets, earrings, and so on. Sunstone has a relatively high hardness: 6-6.5 on Moh's scale.

 

III.

The population of Oregon used this stone for trade and commerce. Sunstone is also known under the name of Oregon Sunstone, which comes from the name of the city of Oregon in the United States, where it was found. In 1987, Sunstone was declared to be a national stone of the U.S.

Among other significant places, sunstone can be found in India, Norway, Russia, Madagascar, Canada, and of course Oregon (USA).