Sunstone, named for its warm orange color and sun like sparkle, is a feldspar mineral and has a hardness of 6-6.5. This stone is known for its flashy displays of gold and orange glitter that are caused by light reflecting off the tiny hematite or goethite platelets found inside the otherwise transparent stone. Sunstone is known for its powerful connection to the light and the power of the sun. It brings light to all situations and is said to give you the power to “shine,” promoting a sunny and positive attitude. Sunstone has a bright and joyful energy that increases vitality and lightens dark moods. It helps to empower those who feel abandoned by others, encouraging motivation and positive action. It is believed to have the ability to warm the body and expose dishonesty in others. Please note that Sunstone is a natural gemstone and is not to be confused with Goldstone which is a glass synthetic made to resemble Sunstone. Some of the highest quality Sunstone is found in Oregon, but deposits are also found in India, Canada, Norway, and Russia.