It is said if you give your lover a moonstone necklace when the moon is full
you will always have passion with each other. Moonstone is a highly
valued gemstone for these reasons:
The moonstone is associated with the moon and was the stone of the goddess
Diana. The most powerful time to use the moonstone is in a full moon.
It has been worn as an amulet to bring good emotions to the wearer, while
protecting those of a sensitive nature. It can reunite lovers who have
quarreled. Moonstone is also considered a good luck stone.
Moonstone is a very personal stone. It is a reflection of the person who owns
it. It does not add or detract, only shows how it is. This is why the moonstone
is said to perceive that which "is". Moonstone is an excellent stone to use
in meditation to understand oneself. Placing it in the moonlight of a moon
reaching its fullness, not a full or waning moon, can revitalize it. This is a
particularly good gemstone for women. It is a good stone for young women or
Moonstone stimulates the functioning of the pineal gland and balances
internal hormone cycles with nature's rhythms. Moonstone is a stone of inner
growth and strength. Though often considered to be a woman's stone, it can be
beneficial to men in opening the emotional self.
There are two moonstones. Adularia moonstone is an almost transparent pale
gray or silvery white or blue shimmer. It is mainly found in Sri Lanka, Burma,
India and Madagascar. Albite moonstone is in the feldspar group. It is
semitransparent with a pale, shimmering reflection. It may be a little dull. It
comes mainly from Canada.
The ancient Romans theorized that moonstone, with
its unearthly shimmer, was formed from frozen moonlight. This appealing gem
variety does shine with a cool lunar light but it is the mineral feldspar, quite
terrestrial in origin. The shimmer, which is called schiller or adularescence,
is caused by the intergrowth of two different types of feldspar, with different
Moonstones come in a variety of colors. The body color can range from
colorless to gray, brown, yellow, green, or pink. The clarity ranges from
transparent to translucent. The best moonstone has a blue sheen, perfect
clarity, and a colorless body color.
Sometimes moonstone will have an eye as well as sheen. Another related
feldspar variety is known as rainbow moonstone. In this variety of labradorite
feldspar, the sheen is a variety of rainbow hues, from pink to yellow, to peach,
purple, and blue. Sometimes one gem will show all these colors.
Fine moonstone is quite rare and becoming rarer. It is mined in Sri Lanka and
Southern India. The rainbow variety can be found in India and Madagascar.
Moonstones are usually cut in a smooth-domed oval cabochon shape to maximize
the effect. Sometimes they are carved to show a man-in-the-moon face.
Moonstone has a hardness of 6 to 6.5. It should not be stored in contact with
your other gemstones to prevent scratching. Clean with mild dish soap: use a
toothbrush to scrub behind the stone where dust can collect.