Sunstones are known as minerals reflecting the colours of the sun, from yellow to orange-brown, such as Citrine and Aventurine-Feldspar. From the Middle Ages onwards only the Aventurine-Feldspar is referred as a sunstone.
Since time immemorial the sun stone is attributed great power, giving his wearer not only restraint, but also strengthens the immune system, by stimulating self-healing powers. No wonder then that all sorts of legends and stories have entwined itself about the Sunstone. The Romans and especially soldiers when they went into battle wore a sun stone as an amulet. The stone was dedicated to Sol Invictus, the invincible sun God, and was supposed to confer immortality. Further back in time, in the realm of the Aztecs, the sun was worshiped and the earthly image of the sun was created of dark basalt, with a weight of 24 metric tons and a diameter of 1.6 meters. The giant wheel reflects the fanatical worship of the sun that dominated the life of the Aztecs.
Fearing the darkness would swallow up their country, they brought sacrifices to the sun god on a regular basis. This fear was fuelled by an age-old tale, where at the beginning of time, the sun God and the earth God, fought each other, the earth God being the winner. As a symbol of his victory, he designed a special stone and imprisoned the sun God in it. Then he destroyed the stone, leaving only small crumbs and threw them into the steaming lava of a volcano. But the Gods of wind and water wrestled the volcano, retrieved the glittering specks and freed the sun God, which returned to its rightful place in the sky. The lava rock was henceforth known as stone of the golden sun. The sun stone allows the sun into the heart and anger and depressive moods become a thing of the past.