Heliolite is a stone notably mined in North America, Norway, Russia, India and Madagascar. Heliolite belongs to the oligoclase family. It owes its name to its unique sparkle. It is reminiscent of the sparkling of the sun. The colours of the stone can vary from brown to red through orange. What gives this particular aspect to the stones is the metallic effect they have. It is due to the hematite or goethite which composes it.
Many years ago, Heliolite stone was named “Stone of the stars”. It was appreciated by various civilizations over the years. For Buddhists, Heliolite stone symbolized the golden man (Vishnu’s stone). It was reputed in the time of the Vikings as a gateway that provided access to Valhalla and was thus linked to the benevolent gods.