Heliolite stone owes its name to its sparkling effect that recalls the colour of the sun (helios in ancient Greek). It was so named in 1801 by Jean-Claude Delamétherie, a French geologist and mineralogist. It is the hematite or goethite crystals contained in the stone that give it its orange reflections in the light, sometimes tinged with green or blue (the other name for hematite is bloodstone).
During Antiquity, it was linked to the cult of the sun god, and was supposed to bring joy and good fortune to its owners. It was also believed to have mystical powers, capable of giving strength and fighting the effects of poisons under certain conditions.
Among the Nordic peoples, the first great navigators, they accompanied the Viking chiefs to their graves to lead them straight to Valhalla. This ore would also have been used to guide these Danish navigators when they ventured out to sea without a compass.
In its natural state, it is found in metamorphic and igneous rocks mainly in North America, such as in Ottawa, Canada. It can also be found in Norway, Russia and India. It is a variety of oligoclase, with a chemical composition consisting of sodium, silicon and aluminosilicate, and has triclinic crystallization. In the field of mineralogy, it is called aventurine feldspar. To avoid confusion with aventurine of the quartz family, only mineral specialists use this name. In nature, this mineral is quite rare and the main deposits from which it is extracted are found near Ottawa, Canada.
Commercially, customers can find this ore in specialized shops. It is sold alone or in batches in raw, polished or cut form. It is also used to make jewellery. The colour of heliolite stone greatly influences the purchase price; colourless or yellowish ores are the least expensive. The price increases if the colour is close to the orange and red shades. The most expensive heliolites are those with a bright red glow, or variations such as shades of green. However, the price of this mineral is still affordable and customers will not have to go out of their way to buy one of these beautiful specimens.
Used in lithotherapy, it has many surprises in store and can improve the lives of many users. It helps to promote social relationships; it has a positive impact on mood and makes it easier to meet people. Its wearer is more natural and optimistic, and can easily find the courage to get in touch with new people to start new friendly and warm relationships.
It is a stone of radiance and self-expression that has a direct impact on the psyche. Heliolite helps to improve self-esteem, to ignore shyness and to push limits. With its sadness-fighting and motivating effect, it helps to combat anxiety attacks. It is a guarantee of joy and helps to get out of one’s reserve by improving self-confidence. On an energetic and spiritual level, it brings radiance around the wearer that pushes him/her to move forward on a positive and luminous path. It is placed on the sacred chakra (second chakra) as well as on the solar plexus chakra (third chakra).
Its invigorating action makes it an effective remedy to combat laziness and demotivation, and to restore energy. It also offers purifying properties and stimulates a better blood activation by acting on the heart and the blood system. It is also used as a stimulant to improve memory and physical condition. In association with other minerals, it is useful to reduce the risks associated with heartburn. The use of heliolite stone is a guarantee to see benefits on the immune system. It stimulates skin care and also acts actively on the nervous system and blood circulation. It allows a better fertility in women, and can be used in men to treat erectile dysfunction.