Sunstone - knowledge base, jewelry
Properties of sunstone, physiological effects, zodiac signs and sunstone jewelry.
Sunstone is a plagioclase feldspar, which when viewed from certain directions exhibits a spangled appearance. Its small hematite crystals give it a strong, unique metallic shimmer. These small mineral inclusions usually have a common orientation, and light entering the stone is reflected from them at a common angle. This produces flashes of light when viewed from the right angle. This optical phenomenon is known as "aventurescence" and is what makes the sunstone so special and unique.
Chemical and physical properties of sunstone:
Crystal system: trigonal
Category: Plagioclase variety
Color: colourless, yellow, red, green, blue and copper
Transparency: transparent- translucent
Mohs scale hardeness: 6,5 – 7,2
Specific gravity: 2,64 – 2,66 g/cm
Major metaphysical healing properties attributed to sunstone:
Anti- inflammatory, beneficial for stomach ulcers, pain relief, cartilage problems, joint problems, rheumatism treatment, stimulates the autonomic nervous system, depression, boosts optimism, self-healing.
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Use of sunstone
It is a very popular gemstone among innovative jewellery designers, but it is not found in every jewellery shop. Most jewellery lovers have probably never encountered this gemstone's special sparkle, known as "aventurescence", but as soon as they see it, they usually fall in love.
The main occurrence of sunstone
USA, Canada, China, Russia, Mexico, Sweden, Norway, Tanzania, South Australia.