oligoclase

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Mineral Of The Day #97: Oligoclase

Mohs Hardness Scale: 6-6.5
Category: tectosilicate mineral, feldspar group
Formula: (Ca,Na)(Al,Si)4O8, where Ca/(Ca + Na) (% Anorthite) is between 10%-30%

Fun Facts:

  • Oligoclase is a rock-forming mineral that is usually white with shades of red, grey, or green.
  • It is named for the Greek oligos (little) and kasein (to break).
  • Perfectly colorless and transparent oligoclase has been occasionally faceted as a gemstone. A red gemstone called sunstone is oligoclase with flashes of reddish color caused by inclusions of hematite.

An old (albeit enthusiastic!) note was found with the first specimen pictured above. It reads:

Sunstone deep pink

If you can get the right light on this, it is superlatively gorgeous. You seem to see miles down into it in a blaze of fire.

Black = magnetite

SUNSTONE

Also called Aventurine Feldspar or Oligoclase.

Colour: orange to red brown feldspar.

Found in: Canada, India, Norway, Russia and the US

It has a metallic glitter, usually red, caused by light interference on tiny hematite or goethite platelets.

It is a historical gem, found in the burial mounds of Vikings, and was through to be an aid to successful navigation at sea, and to sail the metaphysical journey to Valhalla and into the afterlife. The Native Americans used sunstone to trade and barter for other items, and it was made the official gemstone of Oregon (US) in 1987.

Sunstone inspires freedom, originality, sensuality, romance, sexuality, independence and luck. Sunstone is a stone of leadership, strongly evoking this quality in those who wear it. It is said to dispel fear and stress, to increase vitality, to encourage independence and originality, to warm the spirit and to bring good fortune. As with the opal representing the silvery glitter of the moon, the sunstone represents the sun. It is said to represent artistic expression.

Metaphysically, Sunstone is known for its powerful connection to the light and power of the sun. Sunstone brings light to all situations, and carrying a piece around with you can help your personal power to “shine.” Once known as a stone of good luck, Sunstone has a bright, joyful energy that increases vitality and lightens dark moods. Originally a stone prized by those considered magicians or healers. Linked to the belief of the ancient legend of the phoenix. Excellent stone for go-getters and leaders. Being a bright stone of sunshine, it is said to assist depression caused by seasons (i.e. SAD) and illnesses caused by the time of year. Helps quiet children to come out of their shells, for health of unusual pets, and aids phobias and fears. Draws prosperity to the owner. It is said to remove those from our lives who have been overpossessive, whether bosses, partners, lovers, parents, adult children etc.

Health: Aids throat, feet, spine. Good with ulcers,rheumatics, aching feet and even body odour. Helps with back aches and twinges.

Chakra: Use on the solar plexus and the heart to lift sadness and depression. It is used to both clear and energize the chakras. It is quite rare and very expensive.

Star sign: Leo, Libra

REFERENCES & BIBLIOGRAPHY:

Geinger M (2007) Healing Crystals

www.healingcrystals.com

Photograph: taken from Mindat, copyright © 2008 JS

More photographs can be found here: http://www.mindat.org/photoscroll.php?frm_id=pscroll&cform_is_valid=1&searchbox=Sunstone

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OLIGOCLASE

Colour: brown, grey, green, white, yellow/

Found in: Canada, Russia, Sri Lanka, Sweden and the US.

Also known as Aventurine Feldspar or Sunstone, and has a strong resemblance to Spudomene.

A stone which brings a feeling of inner strength and solidity. Helps balance the male-female energy. Can be useful in resolving problems where we feel we are being unfairly treated.
Oligoclase is a great stone to choose if you are dealing with issues of trust; it assists one in learning trust. Helpful in releasing internal anger which causes energy blocks.

Health: Because of its shielding qualities, can be helpful in treating abdominal problems such as IBS.

REFERENCES & BIBLIOGRAPHY:

Hall J (2009): Crystal Bible 2.

American Mineralogist (1968): 53: 1709-1723.

www.neatstuff.net/avalon

Photograph: taken from Mindat, copyright © Rob Lavinsky & irocks.com

More photographs can be found here: http://www.mindat.org/photoscroll.php?frm_id=pscroll&cform_is_valid=1&searchbox=Oligoclase

This is not an advertisement/endorsement of any seller or dealer above any other. Other companies selling this item are available.

Text copyright: © madcatwoman 2014, www.madcatwoman.co.uk

For detailed healing properties and photographs of many of the more common gemstones and minerals, please visit the Madcatwoman Enterprise Facebook page:

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