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Sunstone Crystal Meaning

woman meditating with sunstone pyramidWhat would it feel like to ride on a ray of sunshine?

With Sunstone crystals, you can dream big. These crystals are full of light and life. They encourage you to adopt a cheery disposition and spread joy to your fellow beings. Sunstone's shimmer is like a wink from the sun. 

Get ready to learn all about Sunstone crystals, from geological facts to metaphysical healing properties. Watch the video and read up on this brilliant gemstone. 

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Watch the Sunstone Video

Watch the Sunstone Meaning Video for an overview of this shiny crystal. We look at Sunstone's metaphysical properties and uses, and answer your top 5 questions. 

While you are there, watch the entire A-Z Satin Crystals Meanings video series. We answer your questions on all of the most popular crystals. You can also post your questions and stories directly to the Youtube comments.

Can you benefit from Sunstone?

If you can relate to or if you aspire to any of the following, Sunstone can benefit you:

  • You want to channel the sun's energy

  • You seek a happy disposition

  • You want to spread joy to all

  • You need more masculine yang energy

  • You seek confidence and independence

  • You want to project your personal power

  • You wish to balance your Solar Plexus and Sacral chakras

sunstone skull, spheres
What is Sunstone?

Sunstone is a Plagioclase Feldspar showing glittery, or spangled, effect, usually in red or orange. Its glittery effect is caused by Copper, Hematite, Goethite, Ilmenite, Pyrite, or other metallic inclusions that reflect the light within the stone's layers. Sunstone can also show asterism or a cat's eye effect. 

Sunstone is also known as Aventurine Feldspar. Other popular crystals in the Feldspar family include Moonstone, Labradorite, and Amazonite.

What spiritual properties does Sunstone have?

Spiritually, Sunstone is all about sunny, joyous energy. The radiant crystal lifts your mood, elevates your vibrations, and dazzles your spirit. It is associated with the Sun God Ra who brings life to earth. 

Here are some of Sunstone's most popular spiritual healing properties: 

  • Sunstone taps into the energy of the sun

  • Sunstone inspires a passion for life

  • Sunstone strengthens masculine yang energy

  • Sunstone develops your personal power

  • Sunstone aligns with assertiveness and success

woman holding sunstone chakra wandWhat can you do with Sunstone in healing?

Here are some ideas on how you can use your Sunstone crystals for both energy healing and practical matters: 

  • Use Sunstone at the Solar Plexus to increase your confidence and learn to say no to the things that do not bring you joy

  • Create a crystal grid with Sunstone tumbled stones for your sun rituals

  • Rub your fingers over Sunstone polished stones when you are feeling sad and need more light in your life

  • Gift Sunstone for those in mourning to ease the stress of loss 

  • Wear Sunstone jewelry to manifest abundance in all aspects of your day

  • Use Sunstone wands or points when you are cutting energy ties with toxic people

  • Hold Sunstone spheres during the law of attraction manifestations

  • Surround yourself with Sunstone crystals when doing a crystal layout to strengthen your chi or life force

  • Meditate with Sunstone eggs to enter into new beginnings with optimism

  • Place Sunstone tumbled stones under your pillow to alleviate nightmares and anxious thoughts while sleeping

  • Place a Sunstone pyramid in your workspace to promote leadership skills and business success

  • Drink a Sunstone elixir to fill your aura with Light

  • Recite Sunstone Affirmations with your Sunstone crystals for solar power, the Solar Plexus chakra, and the meaning of life

What chakra is Sunstone?

Sunstone is an excellent crystal to use when working with the Solar Plexus and Sacral chakras. It glows with the confidence of creation. 

At the Solar Plexus chakra, Sunstone balances your emotions and strengthens your masculine yang energy. Regardless of sexual orientation, you must have a balance of yin and yang energy. With balance comes confidence in yourself and the shedding of jealousy and the possessiveness of others. 

At the Sacral chakra, Sunstone grounds you to the seat of life. It helps you move forward in your personal development. It inspires your creativity to find the solutions that will allow you to move through ruts and obstacles. Sunstone also unblocks obstacles in sexual energy flow at the Sacral chakra. 

To learn more about crystals and your 7 chakras, visit the Chakra Guide

sheila of satin crystals wearing sunstone sun earringsSheila's personal experience with Sunstone

To me, Sunstone is associated with the warm energies of the sun, the Light, and living things. It represents the sunny side of life. I like to wear my Sunstone jewelry to add a spark of joy to my day. I am especially attracted to the Sunstones with a deep red spangle. 

I have a cup of Sunstone tumbled stones which I run my fingers through whenever I want to lift my thoughts and feel like a ray of sunshine. 

Lisa's personal experience with Sunstone 

Sunstone is important to me because I write a lot of astrological articles for Satin Crystals. The moon and Moonstone pop up all time as we discuss the Full Moon, New Moon, and Lunar Eclipses. However, Sunstone is an equally important counterpart. The sun is much larger than the Moon and the center of our solar system, after all!

I love how Sunstone is the strongest sun-energy crystal in the kingdom. I charge Sunstone tumbled stones and shapes on the window sill and it makes the home feel brighter. Optimism is something I'm always working to achieve and Sunstone is just right for that. Wearing it as jewelry makes me feel more hopeful all day long.

goldstone vs sunstone skulls and jewelryHow do I know if my Sunstone is real?

Real Sunstone is easy to tell from fake Sunstone once you know what you are looking for. Fake Sunstone is also known as Goldstone.

Goldstone is a man-made, opaque reddish-brown, green, or navy blue glass with copper inclusions that are uniform throughout the piece. Once you become familiar with Goldstone, it is easy to distinguish it from real Sunstone. Real Sunstone will not show such uniform color or inclusions as Goldstone. 

There is nothing wrong with buying Goldstone, but the vendor should not be passing it off as Sunstone or a natural stone. 

woman holding goblet of sunstone tumbles in waterHow do you care for Sunstone?

Sunstone is one of the crystals that can be cleaned in water. Run it under water or soak it in a bowl of water overnight. 

However, you should still be careful using the water method if your Sunstone is in its raw form or has any natural fracture lines within its polished form. In this case, we recommend gently cleaning the crystal with a wet cloth. 

Do not use ultrasonic or steam cleaners for Sunstone. 

To activate your Sunstone, it benefits to charge your crystal in the sunlight. Place it on a sunny windowsill or outside in the daylight. 

If you are looking to metaphysically cleanse, charge, and program crystals, visit our Crystal Care guide. 

Does Sunstone fade in the sun?

Sunstone's colors are stable and it will not fade in the sun. 

What does Sunstone mean in divination?

Drawing Sunstone during a gemstone divination session means:

It's time to focus on the present moment. 

Rather than worrying about the future or being stuck in the past, Sunstone can help you focus on gratitude for the moment you have right now. Work with Sunstone crystals and align your thoughts to enjoy life in the present moment. It is the only moment you have before it becomes the past. 

sunstone spheres and wandWhere should Sunstone be placed?

Sunstone should be placed anywhere that you want to brighten the energy. If you are feeling dark energy in a particular area of the home, place Sunstone to counteract this vibration. 

For Feng Shui energy, place Sunstone in your "Fame and Reputation" top middle area of your space. This space reflects how people see you and you want them to see you in a positive light. 

For more on placing crystals, visit How to Clear & Fill the Home with Crystals

Is Sunstone a lucky stone?

Sunstone is considered a lucky stone once it has developed your confidence. By working on strengthening your personal power, you are able to use Sunstone and the Law of Attraction to bring luck and prosperity into your life. 

Should I meditate with Sunstone?



If you are looking for a vibrant, solar energy during your meditation, you should meditate with Sunstone. We have recorded a Sunstone Guided Meditation. for you to connect with your life purpose. Gather your Sunstone crystals and join us in the video above! 

Is it good to sleep with Sunstone?

Sleeping with Sunstone depends on your situation. If you are someone who has trouble with deep sleep, Sunstone's energy may contribute to the activity of your thoughts.

However, if you are having anxiety or nightmares, Sunstone may be good to sleep with. It has a warming, nurturing vibration that may be perfect for your state of mind. Test it out and let us know if it works for you! 

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hands holding and wearing sunstone and moonstoneAre Sunstone and Moonstone the same?

Sunstone and Moonstone are both a part of the Feldspar group of crystals. Sunstone is composed of Albite and Anorthite. Moonstone is composed of Albite and Orthoclase.

The two crystals have different appearances. Moonstone has a soft iridescent glow floating on the surface of the stone known as adularescence while Sunstone has a sparkling glitter within the stone known as aventurescence. 

In crystal healing, masculine Sunstone and Feminine Moonstone make a great astrological pair. The combination of active power and soothing calm brings you to a state of harmony. Use both crystals in your sun and moon rituals to balance your yang and yin energy. 

Is Sunstone an Agate?

You may be confused between Sunstone and Fire Agate. They can both have a sparkling red glow. That is where the similarities end.

Sunstone is a Feldspar stone that gets its color and shine from metallic inclusions. Fire Agate is a Chalcedony stone that gets its color and shine from layers of Iron Oxide of Limonite. 

How do you tell the difference between Sunstone and Aventurine?

If you have a Sunstone and Aventurine in the same color with the same spangled inclusions, it may be hard for you to tell the difference. 

Sunstone, a Feldspar, and Aventurine, a Quartz, both have aventurescence, meaning that they show glittering flashes of inclusion. They are also approximately the same in hardness and can be found in the same rock. They also overlap in colors.

The best way to tell the difference is to familiarize yourself with real versions of both stones. The second way is to buy from a trusted vendor who is educated in crystals. And, the final way is to send your stone in to a certified gemological labratory for analysis.  

woman peering through optical calcite and sunstoneWhat was the Viking Sunstone?

The Viking Sunstone was most likely Optical Calcite. In Sunstone articles around the internet, you will find them giving credit to Vikings for using Sunstone in their navigations. 

However, in 2011 it has been theorized that the Vikings were actually using Optical Calcite, a crystal common in the Scandanavian area. It was determined that moving Optical Calcite in and out of the sailors' field of vision made them see a double dot pattern that lined up with the direction of the Sun behind the clouds. 

What are the mineral facts of Sunstone?

Sunstone forms in molten lava and is discharged to the earth's surface through volcanoes. 

Chemical Formula: (Ca,Na)((Al,Si)2Si2O8)

Hardness: 6-6.5

Surface Color: Clear, Orange, Yellow, Red, Brown, Copper, Pink

Streak Color (can vary from surface color, this is the color of the crystals’ powdered minerals): White

Group: Halide

Cleavage (where the crystal breaks off naturally to form a new face, parallel to its structure. This is a clean break and can cleave over and over again along the same face, retaining the crystals structure): Perfect in two directions

Fracture: Along Cleavage Planes

Luster: Vitreous (Glassy)

Transparency: Translucent to Transparent 

Crystal System: Triclinic (geometric crystal having three unequal oblique axes)

Crystal Habit: Granular 

Where is Sunstone found?

Sunstone is found worldwide with important sources in Sweden, Tanzania, India, Sri Lanka, Norway, Australia, China, Canada, and Oregon in The United States.

two sunstone rings in sterling silverDoes Sunstone have glitter?

Sunstone may look like it has glitter because of the metallic mineral inclusions within the stone. Depending on the concentration of minerals when the stone is formed will determine the amount of glitter seen in the final Sunstone. 

In scientific terms, this metallic glitter is known as schiller or aventurescence. Aventurescence occurs when light reflects off the mineral inclusions and causes a flash when the stone is seen at certain angles. 

How do you identify Oregon Sunstone?

Oregon Sunstone is highly prized for its range of colors from clear to orange to red to green. It is the only Sunstone to have Copper inclusions creating its metallic glitter. The more Copper in the stone, the brighter red the Sunstone. 

Oregon Sunstone is one of the most expensive Sunstones because of its rarity and high concentration of sparkling Copper minerals suspended in the stone.

Sunstone is also known as Oregon's state gemstone and is only found in Southern Oregon. 

Does Sunstone change color?

Sunstone can change colors depending on the angle you are viewing the stone. While it does not physically change colors, the way the light reflects on the metallic inclusions of Sunstone can cause it to look different. They may also look like different colors in different light sources, for example, daylight vs indoor lights. 

woman wearing sunstone braceletsCan Sunstone be worn every day?

Sunstone is stable, durable, and can handle everyday wear. It can be found raw and polished in necklaces, earrings, pendants, and bracelets. 

Ready to buy Sunstone?

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sunstone heart and spheresDo you love Sunstone?

What do you like about Sunstone? Have you used it for healing? Do you prefer it in jewelry or crystal?

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