Birthstone Month :
Moonstone is associated with the birthstone month of June.
Moonstone is not associated with any particular Zodiac sign.
Chemical Symbol :
Chemical Make-up :
Moonstone is a gem variety of orthoclase feldspar, known as potassium Aluminum silicate.
History & Lore :
A symbolic substitute for the name Moonstone is “Selenite”, relating to the Greek goddess of the moon, Selene. Moonstone was popular with the Romans, believing it was formed out of the Moonlight.
In India it is considered to be a sacred and magical stone, bringing about pleasant and beautiful dreams and appreciated as a “dream stone.”
Moonstone was incorporated in the well-known classic Wilkie Collins novel “The Moonstone.” Collins was a friend and colleague of Charles Dickens and his 1868 novel “The Moonstone” remains to this day a masterpiece of English literature.
Moonstone was a favorite a hundred years ago during the Art Nouveau era. It had been used by the famous French Master Goldsmith Rene Lalique on numerous of his jewelry creations. These special creations can now only be found in museums or in collections
Moonstone is associated with the heart chakra. It is said to enhance passion, sensitivity, intuition, physical abilities, and is said to bring good fortune. Moonstone is a stone of protection, protecting women and children, particularly during pregnancy and childbirth. Physically it is said to aid the wearer's pituitary gland and digestive system and also to fight against obesity. The moonstone is also said to calm emotions and ease hormonal and menstrual problems.
Moonstone was once extremely popular, particularly in the time of Art Nouveau about a hundred years ago. Also in recent years it has seen an increase in demand, unfortunately Moonstone, particularly fine Moonstone, is becoming increasingly rare.
The valued bluish and nearly transparent Moonstones are most often found in Sri Lanka. There are also known deposits of Moonstones in Australia, Brazil, Germany, India, Madagascar, Mexico, Myanmar (Burma), Norway, Switzerland, Tanzania, and the United States.
Being that Moonstones are rated at a 6 on Moh's Scale of Hardness, special care should be taken whilst wearing and well cleaning the stone because of tits fragility. That being said, small damages that may occur after prolonged usage can be corrected somewhat easily. This can be accomplished by having a jeweler polish the stone in such a way that will regain its adularescence. Peach Moonstone exhibits a shimmering peach hue with a glistening luster.
The most valuable Peach Moonstones are larger with fine transparency and sheen. Moonstones are become increasingly rare and because of this increasing value, it can make for a great gemstone investment.
Common Cuts :
The phenomenon that gives this gemstone its importance is its schiller, which in relation with Moonstone has been given the name adularescence. The origin of this phenomenal feature is its interior crystal structure. Orthoclase feldspar and Albite are often found in close association, arranged in layers. The incoming rays of light are reflected inside the stone and scattered.
For this reason, classical Moonstones are always cut in a smooth-domed oval cabochon shape to maximize the adularescence. Sometimes Moonstones can also be found carved with a moon face.
Routine Enhancements :
There are no known enhancements for Peach Moonstone.
Care & Cleaning :
Moonstone jewelry can be cleaned in warm water with a mild detergent and a soft brush. As with most gemstones, Moonstone should be kept away from exposure to excessive amounts of heat and household chemicals which can cause the stone to erode or cause color change. Keep your Moonstone jewelry in a fabric-lined box away from other jewelry, so as to avoid chipping, damage, or scratching.