Moonstone and its Properties.
Moonstone has long been considered as a sacred stone and is often believed to be moonlight in a magical, solid form. A virtually colourless stone, it is distinguished by a blush shimmer that moves across its face as the stone is moved.
Moonstone is ethereal and angelic in its appearance. It is just like gazing at the moon at night as it peeks through the clouds.
This gemstone is usually set in rings, pendants and earrings with the lesser graded Moonstone used in beaded necklaces.
Moonstones are said to possess healing abilities aligning your vertebrae, are a good digestive aid and soothe and balance your emotions.
Its mystical powers are said to protect women and babies. It is also associated with the oceans and planting cycles. It is said to balance “yin and yang” as well as bringing good fortune to the wearer. Legend says that Moonstone is a very prized gift for lovers as it arouses tender passion.
Sri Lanka is the most important source of this gemstone, both in terms of volume and quality. There it is mined by hand, a slow and laborious process. It is one of the few gemstones actually found in “Situ” in southern Sri Lanka, the others are found in gravel.
It was very popular in the Art Nouveau jewellery of the early 20th century. Today Moonstone is once more in demand. It is now quite rare and becoming more so. This makes it reasonably expensive. Because it is expensive, moonstone is sometimes imitated using either glass or decolorized Amethyst.
The flashes of blue in the gemstone make it look as though the gem is alive. No wonder it is believed that this gem had moonbeams trapped inside the stone. Magical.
It is one of the birthstones for June together with Pearls and Alexandrite.
It is well worth obtaining some of this beautiful gemstone before it becomes much rarer, expensive and hard to find. However be sure that you are buying the genuine stone and not the imitation.
Moonstone comes in a variety of colours. They range from completely colourless to white, grey, brown, yellow, orange, green and even pink. Clarity ranges from transparent to translucent. Sri Lanka is the traditional place of origin for this gemstone. Here the Moonstone tends to be almost transparent with just a bluish flicker.
This gemstone owes its name to its magical shimmer that bears the resemblance in colour to the moon. The silvery to bluish iridescence is caused by the combining of two different types of Feldspar which have different refractive indexes. This is what makes the gem look different when it is moved. In the trade this is known as “adularescence“.
In India it is regarded not only as a magical gem, but also as a holy stone. There it is often used as a “dream stone” because it is thought to bring the wearer beautiful visions at night. In Arabian cultures Moonstone was often worn on female garments as it was viewed as a sign of fertility.
Romans were setting the gemstone in their jewellrey as early as 100AD as they thought it was formed out of moonlight.
To show it at its best, this gem is generally cut as a cabochon. The higher the dome the more radiant the shimmer. It is also sometimes carved into ornaments. Moon faces are a popular theme, but over the years it has been used in cameos.
Stones of large size and high quality are very rare.