Gemstone Focus: Moonstone
A gemstone unfamiliar to many, Moonstone is an exquisite and alluring stone nonetheless, despite being a more untraditional choice within modern jewellery.
Meaning, Significance and Symbology:
Considered to be one of the modern June birthstones, Moonstone is also widely accepted as a gem for the 13th wedding anniversary.
Belonging to the large mineral family of feldspars, Moonstone is an opalescent stone which can occur in a variety of colours. Ranging from colourless to blue, peach, green, pink, yellow, brown or grey with a silvery sheen. The iridescence synonymous with the stone is known as schiller, but in Moonstone it is called adularescence.
With clarity ranging from transparent to translucent, there’s also a variation of the gem called a Rainbow Moonstone, identifiable by its milk white appearance and soft rainbow coloured sheen.
Moonstone is found in many countries including Brazil, Germany, India, Madagascar, Mexico, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and the United States.
Interesting Facts about Moonstone:
- The gemstone was used in jewellery by the Romans, who believed that the stone was formed in the light of the moon.
- Moonstone is considered a sacred stone in India.
- The stone is believed to encourage good fortune, enhance passion and balance the yin and yang.
- In early times, it was believed that holding a Moonstone in ones mouth on a full moon, allowed them to see the future.
- In terms of healing, Moonstone is said to promote digestions, protect against epilepsy, calm emotions as well as cure headaches.
- Moonstone is the most valuable form of feldspar, and is composed of albite which gives it the bluish sheen.