Moonstone is a beautiful gemstones and a treasure of nature. It owes its name to its mysterious shimmer that bears a resemblance in colour to the moon. Moonstone is a variety of feldspar and the silvery to bluish iridescence (known in the trade as “adularescence”) is caused by the intergrowth of two different types of feldspar with different refractive indexes. Moonstones come in a variety of colours, ranging from colourless to white, grey, brown, yellow, orange, green and pink. Their clarity can range from transparent to translucent
The traditional place of origin is Sri Lanka and Southern India. Rainbow Moonstone can also be found in Madagascar.
Traditional legends, gemstone folklore and healing properties of Moonstone
This gemstone is surrounded by mystique and magic, and has featured in many cultures for thousands of years. The Romans thought that it was formed out of moonlight and were setting the gemstone into their jewellery as early as 100AD. In India it is regarded as a holy and magical gemstone. In Arabian cultures women would sew Moonstones out of sight into their garments, as it signified fertility.
Moonstone is said to balance yin and yang as well as bringing good fortune to the wearer. Legend says that it is a highly prized gift for lovers as it arouses tender passion and feelings. Moonstone is also believed to foster happiness, good fortune and unselfishness. It is said to strengthen emotions and intuition, aid communication, promote clear thinking, and our capacity to understand. Moonstone is also thought of as a protective stone for women and babies, and is said to help connect us to nature.
Healers believe that it has the ability to align your vertebrae, is a good digestive aid, and also soothes and balances emotions.
Moonstone is one of the birthstones for June (along with Alexandrite and Pearls).