Believed to be a piece of the sun, sunstone was prized by ancient magicians, who used it to attract the strength of the sun and it’s associated power and wealth. It is commonly associated with the Phoenix that appeared at the first sunrise.
Sunstone is an Oligoclase, which is a species of plagioclase feldspar. Specifically it is one of the six species used in gemstone jewelry. Less commonly this is also called aventurine feldspar, but is not oftenreferred to by this name. Labradorite is also one of the other more common plagioclase feldspar, as well as Albite.
It is a joyful, light inspiring stone which often instills the feeling of joie de vivre, it is good natured and heightens ones intuition.
There are two types of “Sunstone” in the general population today….the first being the natural feldspar as initially spoken, imported most often from India it resembles an orange opal, with a fiery, multicolored flash (from the hematite).
The other is a form of andesine feldspar, that is colored with copper and it’s called Oregon Sunstone. The optical effect is called shiller and the color in Oregon Sunstone is darker toward the center because of the density of the copper. The amount of copper leads to various colors within some stones. The more copper within the stone, the darker the completion.