VIKING SUNSTONE Natural Rhombohedral Iceland Spar Optical Calcite Crystal

$16.95

The sunstone (Icelandic: sólarsteinn) is a type of mineral attested in several 13th–14th century written sources in Iceland, one of which describes its use to locate the sun in a completely overcast sky. Sunstones are also mentioned in the inventories of several churches and one monastery in 14th–15th century Iceland. A theory exists that the sunstone had polarizing attributes and was used as a navigation instrument by seafarers in the Viking Age.

A stone found in Alderney amid the wreckage of a 16th-century warship in early 2013 may lend evidence of the existence of sunstones as navigational devices.

One medieval source in Iceland, "Rauðúlfs þáttr", mentions the sunstone as a mineral by means of which the sun could be located in an overcast and snowy sky by holding it up and noting where it emitted, reflected or transmitted light (hvar geislaði úr honum). Sunstones are also mentioned in Hrafns saga Sveinbjarnarsonar (13th century) and in church and monastic inventories (14th–15th century) without discussing their attributes. The sunstone texts of Hrafns saga Sveinbjarnarsonar were copied to all four versions of the medieval hagiography Guðmundar saga góða.

This listing is for ONE Viking Sunstone. Shown are representative large stones from the lot. Each raw and rough natural crystal is unique, one of a kind, and of varying clarity and rhombohedral (to squarish) cut.

Crystal size varies, ranging from 1 to 3 inches length by 0.5 inch to 2 inches thick, some may occasionally be over 3 inches in length. You choose size range.

Comes in a velvet gift bag.

PLEASE ALLOW FOR NATURAL VARIATION of these lovely rough cut crystals. Crystals vary in cut and clarity. Representative stock photo.

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The sunstone (Icelandic: sólarsteinn) is a type of mineral attested in several 13th–14th century written sources in Iceland, one of which describes its use to locate the sun in a completely overcast sky. Sunstones are also mentioned in the inventories of several churches and one monastery in 14th–15th century Iceland. A theory exists that the sunstone had polarizing attributes and was used as a navigation instrument by seafarers in the Viking Age.

A stone found in Alderney amid the wreckage of a 16th-century warship in early 2013 may lend evidence of the existence of sunstones as navigational devices.

One medieval source in Iceland, "Rauðúlfs þáttr", mentions the sunstone as a mineral by means of which the sun could be located in an overcast and snowy sky by holding it up and noting where it emitted, reflected or transmitted light (hvar geislaði úr honum). Sunstones are also mentioned in Hrafns saga Sveinbjarnarsonar (13th century) and in church and monastic inventories (14th–15th century) without discussing their attributes. The sunstone texts of Hrafns saga Sveinbjarnarsonar were copied to all four versions of the medieval hagiography Guðmundar saga góða.

This listing is for ONE Viking Sunstone. Shown are representative large stones from the lot. Each raw and rough natural crystal is unique, one of a kind, and of varying clarity and rhombohedral (to squarish) cut.

Crystal size varies, ranging from 1 to 3 inches length by 0.5 inch to 2 inches thick, some may occasionally be over 3 inches in length. You choose size range.

Comes in a velvet gift bag.

PLEASE ALLOW FOR NATURAL VARIATION of these lovely rough cut crystals. Crystals vary in cut and clarity. Representative stock photo.

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Weight: 0.25 LBS
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