Stones by zodiac signs

What is another name for sunstone?

Sunstone is a feldspar with golden sparkles, which are caused by the regular inclusions of hematite flakes. Synonym: heliolite. Over many centuries, the sun stone was called a great variety of different minerals, which had every reason to be called so. You can hear that “the sun settled” in amber, coal, transparent Icelandic spar, which (according to legend) showed sailors the way home through the refraction of the sun’s ray, aventurine and other minerals. Today, this is most often the name given to one of the subspecies of feldspar, which boasts an iridescent effect of yellow-red tones. Impurities in feldspar and the incidence of sunlight create the feeling that the sun, or even the whole Universe, is contained inside the stone. Iridescence in sunstone is achieved through the natural inclusion of hematite and goethite particles in the mineral. They are at a slight angle to the cleavage of the spar, due to which the reflection of the sun is displayed in different colors. In nature you can find both transparent types of stones and opaque (from matte light pink to dark gold, red shades) sunstone. The traditional color spectrum is yellow-red, but greenish types of sunstone can sometimes be found. Typically, sunstones are found and used in the form of cabochons, but transparent specimens are more often cut and used for jewelry and costume jewelry. After all, since ancient times they have been held in special esteem by aristocrats and high nobility. There are several feldspar deposits in Russia where you can find sunstone: in Siberia, in the Southern Urals (Cherry and Potanin mountains). Bright fire crystals have been found in Tibet, and Switzerland regularly supplies the jewelry market with bright examples. Features of processing and use in the jewelry industry The beauty and exclusivity inherent in the sun stone led to the fact that some craftsmen began work on counterfeiting this mineral miracle. Fake glass stones look quite decent, but the refractive index of light, which is characteristic of glass, makes it possible to quickly distinguish a fake from a natural stone. It is important that there is still no way to industrially recreate the sunstone, as is done with many jewelry. Thanks to this, the sunstone remains more attractive to collectors and connoisseurs. Despite the fact that the stone has been known to mankind for a long time, its official history began only in 1824, when the Swedish scientist J. Berzelius mistakenly called it “sodium spodumene.” In 1826, a mineralogist from Germany A. Breithaupt, studying its properties, called it “oligoclase,” which means “refracting light.” Sunstone received wide distribution and its modern name in 1841. During this period, the solar mineral was found in the Andes of South America and began to be actively used in crafts and jewelry. Varieties of sunstone The composition, structure and color of the mined mineral are different, therefore they are classified according to deposits and divided into the following varieties: Oregon stone (heliolite, golden labradorite) is a transparent mineral with a rich straw-yellow color without pronounced aventurescence. Sometimes there are stones of pink, red-orange, peach and greenish colors with a blue tint. Multiple microscopic impurities of native copper give the crystals a bright golden-red sheen. Mexican stone (“royal labradorite”, “golden”) is a mineral with an admixture of iron, which gives it a distinct dark straw color. Due to the low refractive index and bright shine in faceted crystals, a pseudo-dispersion effect is created. Norwegian stone (microcline, oligoclase) is a mineral whose color includes orange and brown shades. Goethite and hematite in the composition of the stone give it a bright sparkling shine. Tanzanian stone (oligoclase, Maasai stone, “confetti”) is a mineral of gray-green shades with an unusual sparkling tint, which ensures the presence of hematite flakes in the crystals. In some translucent samples of red-yellow shades, the effect of aventurescence or cat’s eye is observed. Congo stone (andesine, labradorite) is a gem-quality mineral with an amazing color of light green and red shades. Indian stone is a red-orange mineral with an admixture of biotite, which gives a bright, pronounced shine and iridescence to the crystals.

Properties of the mineral

Chemical formula K[AlSi3O8]
Selection form solid masses
Color It comes in various shades of yellow, orange and red, but there are also gray and green specimens with shiny flecks.
Transparency translucent
Hardness 6
Opening year known since ancient times
Opening place South America
Origin of the name due to its golden luster reminiscent of sun sparkles
Zodiac sign Aries
a lion

Surprisingly, the sun stone, which bears the ancient Greek name, initially gained fame far beyond the borders of Hellas. We understand the magical and healing properties of heliolite – a favorite of Scandinavian warriors. Milana Paley
Legion-Media A red or green stone, which is also romantically called “sunny,” can lift the spirits of those who look at it with its appearance alone. Psychologists believe that orange evokes positive emotions and has a beneficial effect on performance. Green has long been known as a shade of calm and tranquility. Let’s take a closer look at the healing and magical properties of heliolite. ADVERTISEMENT – PRODOLJENIE NIJE

Heliolite – what kind of stone is it?

Properties of heliolite stone
Legion-Media Heliolite or “sunstone” is a fragile, finely layered field mineral. In the past it also had much less romantic names: soda spodumene, oligoclase, andesine. Heliolite is based on a mixture of aluminum, potassium and silicon. If the composition contains particles of hematite or goethite, the crystal acquires a mysterious shimmer (and sharply increases in price). ADVERTISEMENT – PRODOLJENIE NIJE It is believed that the sun stone is able to warm the soul with warmth and nourish it with vitality. It fights general drowsiness, energizes good luck and gives hope.

What colors does heliolite come in?

Natural untreated sun stone
ADVERTISEMENT – PRODOLJENIE NIJE Sunstone is classified according to its deposit. Basically, the color palette of heliolite is as follows: red, yellow, orange, yellowish-green, gray with a yellow tint. But there are different nuances. ADVERTISEMENT – PRODOLJENIE NIJE For example, on the convex surface of some crystals there are optical effects such as asterism or cat’s eye. When light falls on a gem, it begins to sparkle in a pattern that is shaped like a constellation – this is an asterism. And if, when turning the crystal, a dense shiny stripe appears – a cat’s eye. The latter should be familiar to many from the once fashionable manicure trend. Types of heliolite:

  • Oregonian. Pink, peach, greenish-blue mineral with a warm tint. It is considered the official stone of the state of the same name, which is especially valued for its transparency.
  • Mexican. Crystals the color of wet straw.
  • Norwegian. The whole range of orange and brown stones with bright fiery sparks.
  • Indian. Terracotta range of crystals with a characteristic shine.
  • Tanzanian. A very rare and expensive type of heliolite. Large gold flakes shimmer on the yellow, orange or light green surface of the stone—these are hematite inclusions. Because of its unusual color it was given the nickname “confetti”.
  • Congo stone. A group of unexpectedly contrasting heliolites: either soft green or red.


Where is heliolite mined?

The Vikings used heliolite as a compass.

Sunstone mining is carried out not only in the places already mentioned, but all over the world. So, there are deposits of this gem in Madagascar and Sri Lanka, as well as in Canada and the USA. In Russia, heliolite can be found in the Urals and Karelia.

History of the origin of heliolite

The name of the crystal has ancient Greek roots: “helios” ––– the sun, and “lithos” ––– stone. But this mineral was loved not only in Hellas, but also in India ––– for its powerful magical and healing properties.


In addition, heliolite is a Viking stone. Cultural scientists came to this conclusion when they discovered the mineral on an Old Scandinavian ship that sank in the English Channel. They suggested that the Vikings used the sunstone instead of a compass. Two years ago, scientists confirmed the hypothesis. It turned out that if you look through a cut of heliolite at a cloudy sky, you can accurately determine where the sun is, even if it is hidden behind the clouds.

Magical properties of heliolite

Magical properties of heliolite

Just looking at a sun stone fills the heart with positive energy. This crystal attracts good luck and puts you in a positive, even a little carefree mood. For those who are tired of heavy thoughts and harsh winds, heliolite is the best healer and companion.

When combined with yellow labradorite, fire agate, amber or yellow apatite, you can maximize the energy of the sunstone. Such a union cleanses Manipura – the solar plexus chakra, which is responsible for all energy processes in the body.


Heliolite is, in principle, good for renewing and removing blocks from the chakras. It is directly connected with Svadhisthana – the sacral chakra, which is located just above the navel. According to Chinese spiritual teachings, this is where the center of pulsation of your qi—life energy—is located. Svadhisthana also controls our sensuality and ability to enjoy the process of learning about the world around us. When the sacral chakra is open, we are easy-going and enjoy communication.


The third purpose of heliolite is Anahata, the heart chakra. It teaches us to trust and form healthy relationships that bring only the right vibrations and constructiveness into life. The sunstone also works well on Ajna, the third eye chakra, which stores wisdom and intuition.

Healing properties of heliolite

Sunstone is an excellent remedy for those who suffer from seasonal depression and vitamin deficiency. It is believed that heliolite helps with rheumatism and joint pain, cramps, fever, and also promotes healthy metabolism and relieves painful symptoms of any chronic problems associated with the throat or gastrointestinal tract.

In terms of mental healing, heliolite increases self-esteem and helps its wearer take the first step towards self-improvement. It instantly lifts your spirits and, at the same time, is sensitive to respecting your personal boundaries. Saying “no” under the auspices of this crystal is much easier than without it. Any motivation to lie disappears.


But the sunstone is not a carefree trinket that feeds self-esteem. First of all, this gem has great calm, which demonstrates how important it is to maintain a full range of emotions and adhere to at least some kind of life plan.

How to use heliolite

How to use sun stone

According to the Feng Shui system, heliolite is a way to cleanse space of negativity and replace low vibrations with a sublime atmosphere. If you place a sunstone above the entrance to your home, you will give its inhabitants a surge of spirituality and clarity of thinking. Don’t forget: the Vikings turned to heliolite precisely as a means of navigation. Sunstone will fill a room with inspiration wherever you place it.


How does heliolite affect the signs of the zodiac?

The fiery glow of the sunstone is most suitable for Libra. Representatives of this sign are famous for their high moral standards, thoughtful attitude towards life and kindness towards friends and strangers. It can be difficult for such people to enter into confrontation; they tend to feel sorry for themselves. Heliolite will serve as a reminder to Libra of how much power is hidden in them, and how they can be used to preserve and enhance the world.

Heliolite will also suit Leos. This zodiac sign is distinguished by its generosity, generosity and warm disposition, but often suffers from mood swings. The sun stone will help Leo people cope with mental storms faster and will contribute to the development of their leadership qualities.


Compatibility of heliolite with other stones

The same story as with onyx: the sunstone carries such a powerful charge of energy that combining it with others simply does not make sense. In the “team” he is often capricious and prevents other crystals from showing their magical properties. And to enhance the properties of heliolite, a combination with moonstone is usually used.

The protective properties of heliolite help to reveal hematite and obsidian. The cheerful energy of the stone is enhanced by carnelian, citrine and selenite. And if you add amethyst to this gem, then no negativity accumulated in the Sahasrara, the crown chakra, will stand. In addition, the combination with labradorite activates the work of Ajna, the third eye chakra.


How to wear heliolite correctly

The main thing is to follow the basic rule when working with any gems. It is upon contact with the skin that the healing vibrations of the stones instantly affect the body and soul, creating an instant connection with its wearer. So a ring, bracelet or pendant with heliolite is a great idea for those who would like to be able to quickly access its abilities.

How to clean heliolite

You can cleanse the sunstone using sage or any other fragrant healing herb. Ordinary running water will help to instantly wash away the negativity from the talisman.

And to charge heliolite, it is enough to leave it under the sun for several hours. In winter and autumn, when there is not enough heat outside, you can use the energy of the moon or the earth by burying a sun stone in the soil for a short time.

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