The Magic of Moonstone

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

[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.

Mohs Hardness Scale
Meaning of Moonstone
   Moonstone is traditionally thought to be a good luck charm and an arouser of passions. It was often presented as a gift between lovers, especially after a fight in order to restore tranquility to their relationship.

   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.
[A close-up of a bead on our Rainbow Petals bracelet.]

Moonstone in Fashion History
   Moonstone was all the craze back at the turn of the 20th Century. Beginning with the Art Nouveau movement, the mystical look of moonstone became favored over the glitz of traditional precious gems.

   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.
Antique moonstone necklace from the Art Nouveau period.[ Antique moonstone necklace from the Art Nouveau period.]

Watch out for these imposters!
   In craft stores and low end jewelry stores, you might come across a stone called "Moonstone Opal". The name is a misnomer, as it is neither moonstone nor opal. It's actually Opalite, trying to be passed off as something more exotic.

   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.

[Rainbow Moonstone]


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