You might think that a crystal called Sunstone might love water and sunshine, but long term exposure to water can have harmful effects on this gemstone.
Can you soak Sunstone in water?
Yes! Sunstone can be soaked in water for an extended period of time without any damage to the stone.
With that said, there are two exceptions for safely soaking your stone in water.
It really comes down to what type of water you're soaking it in -- not all water is equally safe!
The only type of water that you realistically have to worry about is heavy tap water.
Lots of tap water comes with limestone, especially if you live in the Midwest. That stuff will leave your stone looking dull.
Those who have glass doors in their bathrooms know what I mean. It's just a thin layer of white that makes everything look like shiny.
It won't directly hurt your Sunshine, but -- and this is totally scientific -- a dirty crystal is a sad crystal.
Don't fret! The film can be removed easily with a bit of gentle wiping with distilled water.
The other water you should avoid is super acidic water.
Now, are you going to accidently soak your stone in acid water?
But you'd be surpised! I've been asked about soaking stones in bleach, and toilet cleaner.
Both of those are a hard no by the way.
Weak acids like vinegar (which is great for cleaning!) won't hurt your Sunstone.
It takes a pretty strong acid to do anything.
Which is why Sunstone passes the acid test for minerals.
Can Sunstone be washed?
We won't spend too much time here since we just covered why Sunstone is completely safe in water.
Let's take a quick look at how to give your Sunstone a vinegar bath:
- Fill up a pretty bowl with warm vinegar or lemon juice.
- Let your Sunstone soak in the acid bath for 30 minutes.
- Using a clean, soft-bristle toothbrush, gently scrub your gemstone.
- Give the stone a rinse with clean water and let it dry.
How do you cleanse Sunstone?
For me, part of cleansing a stone is balance. What's the balance to the sun?
That's why I leave my stones out in the moonlight during a full moon to let them charge.
If you prefer a more common approach to cleansing, then you can try salt.
Can Sunstone go in salt
You can cleanse your Sunstone by burying it in a bowl of salt for 24hrs.
Salt won't harm your stone.
If you're working with Raw Sunstone or your Tumbled Sunstone has lots of cracks, then it's possible for salt to fill into spots.
You can wrap your crystal in cloth before burying it or simply wash it after to solve this issue!
Can Sunstone go in the sun?
This should be an easy one right? Sun is in the name!
But Dolphin Stone doesn't respond well water so let's not be so quick to decide based on name.
There are some crystals that fade in sunlight like Sodalite, Amethyst, and Amazonite.
Lucky for us... Sunstone won't fade in the sunlight.
Owner and Sunstone miner Richard Shull confirms that it won't fade.
If you stone has been treated or dyed then it will fade. But natural Sunstone won't.
Will Water Make Sunstone Change Color?
Oh boy, I wouldn't it be so cool if it did!
Unfortunately Water will not make Sunstone change color.
If it's Raw Sunstone then it will "change color" temporarily but go back to normal when it dries.
Changing color has no relation to it being a 6.5 - 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness, hardness and color changing are unrelated.
How can you tell if Sunstone is real?
To be frank, Sunstone isn't a stone that gets faked.
True, it's "rare" because it's not a well known stone but it's not that expensive.
I would be VERY surprised if you found a fake Sunstone out there.
On the off chance you really want to check for a fake, you can visit our article on identifying Sunstones.
Fun Sunstone Facts
Sunstone is a type of crystal that has been reported to have been used for centuries to navigate the seas. It is said that Vikings would use Sunstone to find their way in the dark, and it was thought to be so powerful that it could even calm the soul.
Sunstone is found in a lots of different places around the world. Some of the most notable locations are India, Norway, and the good ol' United States.
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