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Sunstone Crystal: Meaning, Properties and More | Linjer Jewelry

What Are Sunstones?

Sunstone crystals, also known as heliolite, are a type of feldspar mineral that are highly valued for their unique appearance and properties. These gorgeous gemstones in their natural form are typically found in igneous rocks such as basalt.

Sunstone crystals have been treasured by various cultures for thousands of years. In ancient Greece, sunstones were believed to represent the sun god Helios and were thought to possess mystical properties that could bring good luck and prosperity. The name heliolite, comes from the Greek words "helios" and "lithos," which means "sun" and "stone," referencing the stone's perceived connection to the sun.

Today, sunstone crystals continue to be highly sought after for their beauty and symbolism, and are often used in jewelry and home-decorative items. Thanks to its stunning warm and vibrant colors, sunstone crystals are often seen as a popular summer stone, perfect for complementing the carefree and vibrant season.

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What Is a Sunstone Crystal Good For?

Sunstone crystals are particularly effective in brightening moods, bringing emotional and spiritual warmth to those who come into contact with its energy. Sunstone crystals are also known for their ability to help the body deal with arthritis and other physical ailments, making them a popular choice among those seeking alternative healing remedies. On an emotional level, sunstone is said to promote optimism and raise self-worth, helping to boost confidence and self-esteem.

Sunstone Physical Properties

Sunstone crystals are known for their red-orange-yellow hues, but due to the presence of iron and other trace metals, these mesmerizing gemstones can also exhibit other colors, ranging from brown, green, and blue.

Sunstone is composed of aluminum, silicon, and oxygen, along with other trace elements that give it its distinctive physical properties. Sunstone crystals are also known for their glittering inclusions which are often composed of copper or hematite.

Sunstone crystals range from 6 to 6.5 on the Mohs scale which means they are relatively durable for daily wear. That being said, proper jewelry care is still extremely important!

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Sunstone Healing Properties

Sunstones are often regarded as the stone of joy as they are believed to exude warmth, light, and happiness. Sunstone crystals are also believed to boost self-confidence, promote creativity, and enhance leadership qualities. They may also help alleviate feelings of stress and anxiety by inducing calmness and tranquility during difficult times.

Sunstone Metaphysical Properties

Sunstone crystals are thought to foster a strong connection to both the heart chakra and the sacral chakra. Its connection to the heart chakra helps to release negative emotions while promoting feelings of love, warmth, and kindness towards oneself and others (cheers to self-love)!

Sunstones are believed to activate the sacral chakra and encourage open communication, self-confidence, and evoke feelings of sensuality and pleasure.

Is Sunstone a Real Stone?

Yes, sunstones are real gemstones! They are formed in magma deep beneath the Earth's crust. As the molten magma cools and solidifies, the feldspar minerals within begin to crystallize, resulting in the stone we’ve all come to love!

Sunstones get their characteristic color and glittering appearance from tiny inclusions of copper or hematite that are present in the feldspar as it forms. These inclusions scatter the light that passes through the stone, creating a distinctive shimmering effect known as aventurescence.

Sunstone crystals are primarily found in locations where igneous rocks have undergone intense geological activity, such as volcanic eruptions or tectonic plate movements. Ah—the wonders of mother nature!

Is Sunstone a Lucky Stone?

Yes - sunstones are often considered lucky stones that can bring good fortune. Known for their warm, inviting colors and glittery finish, this stone is believed to bring positivity and optimism into the lives of those who wear it. This gemstone can help promote abundance, creativity, and success, making it a popular choice for those seeking to enhance their luck and prosperity—what can’t sunstone do?!

Can I Wear Sunstone Crystals Everyday?

Yes, you can absolutely wear sunstone every day—we encourage it! Beyond its gorgeous appearance, sunstone is also a durable gemstone with a hardness of 6 to 6.5 on the Mohs scale, making it a suitable choice for everyday wear. Wearing sunstone crystals every day is also believed to promote emotional well-being, enhance creativity, and boost self-confidence.

Sunstone Crystal - Sunstone Bracelet

How to Care For Sunstone Crystals

To ensure that your sunstones remain in top condition, here are some helpful tips to follow.

  • Avoid exposure to direct sunlight and high temperatures: Like most gemstones, sunstone is sensitive to sunlight and high temperatures. It’s best to store your sunstone jewelry in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
  • Regularly clean sunstones after wear: Sunstone jewelry can be cleaned by simply mixing a few drops of an unscented soap with warm water, soak for a few minutes, use a soft brush to gently clean, then rinse thoroughly and with a soft cloth.
  • Handle with care: While sunstone is considered a relatively hard gemstone, it can still be scratched or damaged if handled roughly. Just like all the good things in life, it is best to handle your sunstone jewelry with care and store it in a protective case or pouch when not in use.
  • Avoid exposure to chemicals: Sunstone crystals should not be exposed to harsh chemicals, such as strong cleaning products or perfumes, as they can damage the gemstone's surface and cause it to lose its luster.

How to Style Sunstone Jewelry

Wearing sunstone jewelry is a popular way to enjoy the benefits of this gorgeous gemstone, while also making you look and feel summer-ready! Here are a few ideas on how to style our favorite sunstone jewelry pieces.

Styling Sunstone Beaded Necklaces

Sunstone Crystal -  Sunstone Necklace

Our beautiful Sunstone Necklace will add an inviting glow to your decolletages. Its warm, golden tones can complement a wide range of outfits—from breezy sundresses to flowy tops and shorts. For a weekend brunch look, pair the necklace with a warm-toned maxi dress. If you prefer a more statement look, feel free to layer on your favorite pendant necklaces over this beaded beauty!

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Styling Sunstone Earrings

Sunstone Crystal - Sunstone Earrings - Clara

Our Sunstone Earrings - Clara are the ultimate accessory for your tropical summer vacation. Their delicate design evokes the beauty and tranquility of sun-kissed beaches and crystal-clear waters. Pair these gorgeous earrings with a linen sundress for a chic and timeless look.

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Styling Sunstone Pendant Necklace

 Sunstone Crystal - Sunstone Necklace - Hilda

This exquisite Sunstone Necklace - Hilda is the perfect way to introduce a natural bohemian charm to your weekend look. Its rich and earthy hues of terracotta and caramel give it a rustic and organic feel. Style this sunstone pendant necklace with a breezy button up shirt for an effortless and beachy edit!

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Sunstone crystals are beautiful and versatile gemstones that offer numerous benefits—from physical to emotional. Whether you're looking to add a touch of bohemian flair to your summer wardrobe or seeking a way to enhance your overall well-being, sunstone will surely bring warmth, vitality, and beauty into your life! For more gemstone options, be sure to check out ourgemstone collection page.

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