Viking sunstone pendant featuring a small piece of rhombus-shaped calcite crystal. A gift ideal the Ragnar Lothbrok or shield maiden in your life.
It is thought that sunstone (from the old Norse word: sólarsteinn) was used by Vikings to navigate the oceans to tell the direction of the sun on cloudy days. Viking sunstone (also known as Iceland Spar although this piece is not from Helgustadir where it is now forbidden to take specimens) has birefringent and dichroic properties, changing color and brightness when rotated in front of polarized light. With an adequately cleaved crystal it was easy to tell the direction of skylight polarization as the colour changed from blue to light yellow when pointed towards the sun.
Using a beautiful, small piece of Viking sunstone from my collection, I have created a sterling silver frame so that it can be worn as a necklace. The frame allows you to see through the crystal but is not fitted to tightly, so as not to stress the stone. This is a rustic looking pendant and it is important to note that whilst this is a solid piece of calcite crystal, it is (like all Iceland Spar) naturally brittle, so some care is required in looking after it. For example, please do not use hot water or salt to clean it, submerge in water for long periods and avoid moving the stone around in the cage. It also has natural dings and cracks as you would expect from a natural calcite crystal.
This pendant is 2.5 cm tall and 2.5 cm wide and is attached to a chain on each side with sterling silver loops. It can be worn by men or women and is available on a chain in your choice of lengths. For a handy guide to choosing the right necklace length for you, please visit:
Delivered in a rustic hand-stamped recycled paper gift box wrapped and tied with twine, so you don't need to re-wrap your item if it is a present. I can also add a FREE hand-written gift card with your special message to the recipient. Please convo me or include your words of wisdom in the message section at checkout.
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Materials: Silver, Quartz.