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Contents

1. What is Moonstone?
2. Moonstone Meaning
3. Moonstone Properties
4. Birthstone for June and September
5. Shop for Moonstone

What is Moonstone?

Moonstone which is made up of the feldspar minerals orthoclase and albite can be found in several colours.  Stones exhibit an opalescent lustre and are used exclusively for decorative purposes.

White moonstone is often referred to as rainbow moonstone.  A distinctive blue flash can be seen as it reflects light from different angles.

Moonstone can be translucent to almost transparent.  In the finest grade crystals the opalescent lustre can be quite impressive.  It's caused by the scattering or diffraction of light.

The blue sheen or iridescence that can be seen in moonstone is known as schiller.  The word comes from the German word for 'twinkle'.  The word 'adularescence' from 'adularia' is also used.  Adularia is a variety of the rock forming mineral orthoclase.  The most common type of moonstone is adularia.

Labradorescence is a term used when the same optical phenomenon is seen in the mineral labradorite.

To enhance the effect of schiller or adularescence moonstone is shaped as a cabochon.

In coloured varieties of moonstone a milky white glow can be seen which originates from beneath the surface of the stone.  Moonstone was once described as having the appearance of lunar light floating on water.  It's believed this is how the name 'moon stone' came about.

Although a milky white sheen is most commonly observed, hues of orange or blue can also sometimes be seen.  With moonstone being translucent, when coloured material is held up towards the light much of the colour appears to drain away.  With darker stones, objects placed between the stone and the light create an eerie shadow.

Moonstone Meaning

Moonstone has a long history and has been used as a gemstone for thousands of years.  In the biblical garment known as the high priest breastplate scholars believe a white moonstone was the third stone in the second row.

The Romans used moonstone in jewellery and believed it was moonlight in a magical solid form.  It was especially revered during a full moon.  In Europe during the Middle Ages it was believed if you gazed at moonstone for long enough you would fall into a deep sleep that would predict the future.

In India moonstone has long been considered to be sacred and continues to be widely used amongst the general population.

Moonstone has always been used in jewellery but during the early part of the 20th century it became even more popular.  It was widely used in Art Nouveau jewellery because designers were looking for stones with a mystical appearance and unique properties.  Moonstone was also very popular in the 1960's. 
 
Some of the world's finest moonstone comes from Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Sri Lanka.  Deposits can also be found in Brazil, India, Madagascar, Mexico, Tanzania and the USA.

Moonstone Properties

When used for its healing properties moonstone protects those who travel.  It's also popular as a talisman to bring luck.

Moonstone stimulates confidence and composure and is a reminder that everything is part of a cycle of change.  It's a crystal for lucid dreaming which can enhance metaphysical abilities and the power of clairvoyance.  It's associated with calmness, hope, happiness, tranquility and new beginnings.

Moonstone carries the energy of the moon hence connects with nature.  A stone of compassion and empathy it encourages meaningful dreams, strengthens spirituality and brings feelings of peace and harmony.  It also balances and improves self-confidence.

Moonstone can be charged in the light of a full moon to increase its lunar energy.

Birthstone for June and September

On the modern and mystical birthstone chart moonstone is the birthstone for June.  Pearl, alexandrite and emerald can be used as alternatives.  On the ayurvedic chart moonstone is the birthstone for September.

On Mohs scale of mineral hardness it grades 6 to 6.5.

Moonstone must be handled carefully because it has a tendency to break along planes of weakness within its crystal structure.  The term cleavage is used to describe the way in which a mineral breaks along specific lines of weakness.  

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