Gemstone Focus

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:

blue-moonstones-500x500Considered 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.

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Moonstone is found in many countries including Brazil, Germany, India, Madagascar, Mexico, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and the United States.

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Interesting Facts about Moonstone:page14.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.
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