Moonstone: Beauty & Elegance
Moonstone is a powerful and magical stone with a long established heritage. Considered to be as ancient as the moon itself, the moonstone is shrouded in mystery and elegance. Its lunar glow has captured the eyes of people all over the world for ages. It is believed that a moonstone possesses the soothing energy of the moon.
Moonstone symbolises peace and new beginnings. It is a stone of inner growth and strength. It exudes a glowing vitality that can wash away the negativity and re-energise the mind & body. Some cultures see the moonstone as a representation of the yin i.e. feminine energy.
Just like the cosmic rock that hangs in our sky, the Moonstone is connected to all our emotions, the turns of the tide, the light and the dark, and the depths of our own soul.
It is the birthstone for people born in the month of June. This calming stone has been connected with water Zodiac signs. But since it is a healing stone, it can be worn by anyone.
Moonstone is composed of Orthoclase and Albite, two species from the Feldspar group.
Moonstone comes in a wide array of body colours i.e. colourless, white, grey, peach, pink, yellow, blue, brown, green. Each of these body colours makes a beautiful gem.
The surface of Moonstone has an extraordinary milky glow which appears like moonlight floating on water. This beautiful Schiller (sheen) effect is called ‘Adularescence’. This unearthly glow is caused by light scattering between microscopic layers of the two feldspar species (mentioned above) due to their different refractive index.
The glow of moonstone is dynamic and appears to move within the stone when either the source of illumination moves, or the angle of observation is changed, or the gemstone is moved under the light.
History and Folklore
Moonstone is a sacred stone associated with many legends. It is believed that when you put a moonstone under your pillow, it will bring serene and beautiful dreams at night. It is also said that if you wear a pendant or ring with a moonstone, talents and hidden abilities will be revealed.
Ancient Romans and Greeks believed that the moonstone was a gift from the moon goddess. It was said that those who glanced into the stone could see the Goddess Diana and that this pearly talisman would bring love and fortune to the wearer.
Ancient Indians had a tradition of gifting Moonstone to newly wedded couples due to its feminine and sensual properties. It was also used to bring divine wisdom and skills of clairvoyance to the table.
Moonstone jewellery became popular during the Art Nouveau period when French goldsmith René Lalique and many others created jewellery using this stone.
Moonstone has also been used frequently in many supernatural applications, particularly in pop culture, such as in The Vampire Diaries. Most often in stories about supernatural vampires or werewolves, moonstones are used to enhance the abilities of supernatural creatures.
Benefits of Moonstone
Moonstone is an excellent good luck charm that loves to bring light into your life. It is a talisman for travellers, a stone of prophecy and an ultimate gift for the lovers. It is a stone with a large number of benefits.
- Moonstone helps to open the heart chakra and get in touch with our inner feelings.
- It encourages harmony and balance in life.
- It soothes emotional instability, helps ease aggressive tendencies and provides calmness of mind.
- It enhances intuition, increases psychic abilities, improves confidence and makes the person more passionate in life.
- It makes the wearer more accepting of change by alleviating fear associated with change.
- Moonstone helps to make huge profits in business by opening newer avenues of growth.
- It is highly beneficial for musicians, artists, writers and people in other creative fields.
- Moonstone is associated with feminine energies. It is good for healing hormonal changes in women making it excellent for PMS, conception, pregnancy, childbirth, and breast-feeding.
- Moonstone aids the digestive system, assimilates nutrients and eliminates toxins. It also helps to cure the diseases related to spleen, pancreas, stomach, and liver.
Evaluating a Moonstone
The price of Moonstone depends on its origin, colour, clarity and cut.
The main sources of Moonstone are Sri Lanka, Myanmar, India and Madagascar. The finest classical moonstones with blue Schiller effect come from Ceylon (Sri Lanka). India is famed for producing rainbow Moonstones.
Moonstone comes in a wide array of colours (mentioned above) but white, grey, peach and rainbow moonstones are the most popular. White moonstones with blue schiller effect are the most valuable as they are best for astrological and aesthetic purpose.
The clarity of Moonstone ranges from transparent to translucent. Ideally, the stone should have no or less visible inclusions.
Moonstone is mainly cut into Cabochons to highlight its optical phenomenon called ‘Adularescence’. Some stone’s also show a cat’s eye or star effect.