Physical Properties of Moonstone
Rainbow moonstone is having a moment right now. Did you know rainbow moonstone is actually a variety of labradorite? Rainbow moonstone's special color effects are called "labradorescence". Rainbow moonstone, labradorite, and sunstone all come from the same species of feldspar.
True moonstone is an orthoclase feldspar that displays a schiller (or sheen) that's characteristic of the stone. Oftentimes, it seems to glow, hence the name.
[Feldspar gem chart from GIA.]
Both moonstone and rainbow moonstone are relatively soft stones. It ranks as a 6 on the Mohs Hardness Scale and can easily break. It's important to be careful with your moonstone jewelry, especially in rings, since it's so delicate.
The Moon’s romantic associations are also reflected in moonstone lore. Those seeking their true love can follow some instructions. First, hold the gem in your hands during a full moon and envision your love coming to you. Next, carry the stone with you until the next full moon for the spell to take effect.
You can read more about the symbolism of moonstone here.
[A close-up of a bead on our Rainbow Petals bracelet.]
The obsession with moonstone seemed to die out with the short-lived Art Nouveau movement. Once Art Deco came, diamonds and glittery stones came back into the game and pushed the understated beauty of moonstone aside.
But moonstone is making a big comeback recently, and it's obvious to see why! Aside from the unique look it carries, moonstone is popular with those who practice meditation, holistic healing, and the chakras.
Opalite is a man-made glass that has a milky appearance with a blueish reflection on the surface. Although beautiful in its own right, be careful not to be taken advantage of in stores. This material is not a genuine semi-precious stone, as the sellers would like you to believe, and is worth far less than both opals and moonstones.
Make sure to take a look at our selection of moonstone jewelry!