Sunstone is a feldspar mineral, sometimes called aventurine feldspar. It is usually identifiable by its sparkling golden-orange inclusions or tiny platelets of hematite. The higher grade stones have a more intense golden-orange colour and greater schiller, and are relatively more powerful than the lower grade material. Even so, any sunstone is well worth adding to the healer's collection.
As the name suggests, this is one of the best crystals to use when working with the Solar Plexus, but is also of use at the Sacral chakra and the Heart and Seat of the Soul centres of the Unified Body. It carries the energies of the Sun and of the Morning Star, and is uplifting and energising. It brings with it a sense of optimism and courage, and a glimpse of the Joys to come as we approach 2012 and/or Ascension. Sunstone also enhances self-worth and aids self-discipline as we recognise the value of owning our own Power. It is also warming and invigorating and can help reduce lethargy and aid recovery after illness or surgery.