Country of origin - India
Sunstone gems belong to the feldspar group, which encompasses a large variety of gemstone materials--including moonstone and amazonite. The sparkly metallic glitter in this particular feldspar is called aventurescence, which is caused by flat, reflective inclusions (sometimes called "schiller"). These inclusions can be hematite, copper or other minerals. Larger inclusions tend to be more glittery while small inclusions create a red or gold sheen on top of the stone's natural color. Not all sunstones contain aventurescence.
Since "sun" is in this gemstone's name, it's no surprise sunstone is associated with the radiance of the sun and the energy it produces to sustain life. Sunstone is said to be a stone of leadership, encouraging the wearer to be open, benevolent and willing to bestow blessings upon others. Also known as a stone of joy, sunstone is believed to inspire good nature and an enjoyment of life. According to metaphysical beliefs, sunstone is highly effective in cleansing auras and chakras. Sunstone is predominantly associated with the Base and Sacral Chakras.
Sunstone is an oligoclase feldspar that can only be found crystallized in large masses (rarely can one find Sunstone in tabular or prismatic form). The name comes from its obvious resemblance to the sun, especially when exhibiting radiant reflections that show “flash” or chatoyancy (commonly caused by inclusions of Goethite or Hematite). A lot of Sunstone throughout the world has slight differences in color and can range from peach-pink to bright orange, as well as a light red. Rarely (and I mean rarely) is one able to find completely natural Sunstone that ranges in color from a dark blue to a slight see-through ivory green. This mineral has a history of at least a few hundred years and was discovered in 1837 by J.D. Dana. Since then, important localities have been discovered in Sri Lanka, India, Mexico, Norway, Russia, China, Canada and the United States (Oregon specifically).
Sunstone resonates directly with one’s solar plexus and sacral chakras. It helps align the two, while creating an important communication channel. This specific area of the body houses crucial personal energies such as one's passion, creativity, personal will, and determination. Sunstone’s energies help revitalize these basic components which make up who we are. In addition, it will help channel those energies through your emotional and mental bodies. As the “sunny” rays of this crystal begin to imbue your entire body and aura, one may soon begin to go through a slight transformation process. This can lead to a change in their current lifestyle, including relationships, hobbies, interests, and ideas.