Moonstone has been used in jewellery for centuries, including ancient civilizations. Its name comes from its unique visual display that is caused by light diffraction within its micro-structure consisting of a regular succession of feldspar layers.
Its chemical composition is: Potassium Aluminium Silicate (KAlSi3O8).
Colour: White, Colorless, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Brown, Pink, Purple, Gray.
Colour of Streak: White
Substitute Stone: Inderite, Ulexite, Prehnite, Scapolite, Chalcedony
Trade Names: Chandramani
Treatments and Enhancements: Moonstone is not known to be treated or enhanced in any way, but there have been reports of bright blue moonstones being 'coated' for color-enhancement.
Synthetic moonstones haven't entered the market.
It is believed that if you gift your lover a moonstone necklace when the moon is full you will always have passion with each other.
Moonstone is a highly valued gemstone, because it is believed to:
• Enhance intuition
• Promote inspiration
• Bring good fortune
• Assist in foretelling the future
• Offer protection on land and at sea
• Bring success in love as well as business matters
Peach Moonstone is particularly consoling to anyone who feels helpless because of weight problems, and should be worn to encourage one to love and value themselves for who they are, as is, and to assist in separating food from emotional needs. [Eason, 99]
Blue, or Cat's Eye Moonstone, promotes clarity of the wearer’s mind and inner vision, keeping one focused while in a meditative or altered state of awareness. It is particularly helpful in seeing emotional patterns and life lessons, and in balancing yin and yang energies.
Gray Moonstone is a stone of perceiving beyond the veil - useful to the clairvoyant and shaman, and in moving one into unseen realms. It is called the "New Moon Stone" and carries the mysteries and powers of the new moon, where all things exist as potential.
White Moonstone carries the energy of the new moon at the height of its power, stimulating psychic perception, vision and dream work. It can magnify one's emotions, activating the kundalini energy in women and emotional balance in men, and is supportive in children to drive away nightmares or insomnia.
Peach or Yellow Moonstone supports the heart as it stimulates the mind, soothing worry or anxiety, and bringing out the best in people. Its loving energy promotes the Divine in all situations, and is an emotional support for intuitive or sensitive children.
Rainbow Moonstone acts as a prism, diffusing energy throughout the aura. It provides psychic protection, clearing the mind and senses, and aids in lucid dreaming and calm sleep. It deflects negativity and eases emotional trauma. Aligned with the Goddess, Rainbow Moonstones connect with the energies and spirits of Nature, from plant devas to galactic consciousness.
Moonstone was extremely popular in the times of "Art Nouveau", which took place more than 100 years ago. It was used to decorate a striking amount of pieces of gemstone jewelry created by the famous French Master-Goldsmith, RenÃƒÂ© Lalique, as well as many of his contemporaries. His rare pieces are typically only found in museums or in well-guarded private collections.
• 107.84 CARAT GEM
This 107.84ct moonstone from Tanzania in the collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History is very large sized for a fine moonstone with such pronounced adularescence. – Courtesy Smithsonian Institution
• LIGHTENING BRACELET
The Lightning Bracelet set with a 408.60-carat moonstone. - Courtesy "Gems and Gemstones: Timeless Natural Beauty of the Mineral World" by Lance Grande and Allison Augustyn, 2009, University of Chicago Press.
• EMPRESS RING
The Empress Ring by James W. Currens, featuring a 15.58-carat rainbow moonstone accented with color-change garnets, moonstones, and diamonds, won best of show at the 2010 American Gem Trade Association Spectrum Awards.
As a sacred stone in India, Moonstone is believed to bring good fortune and is never displayed for sale there except on a yellow cloth, as yellow is an especially sacred color. It has a special significance for lovers, believed to arouse tender passion, and allowing them the power to read the future, good or ill, that is in store for them. However to gain this knowledge, the stone must be placed in their mouths while the moon is full. [Kunz, 97-98]
Meditating with Moonstone takes one deep into the self. Often it reveals the missing piece or pieces of the puzzle of one's life, parts of the soul that have been left behind or forgotten. It is also ideal for past-life regression. [Simmons, 267]
The Divinatory meaning of Moonstone: Now is the time to speak what is in your heart. [Eason, 145]
Dreaming of Moonstone indicates impending danger. [Kunz, 358]
A pale blue Moonstone, used for divining, should be set on a yellow cloth on the night of the full moon. Either by moonlight, or silver candlelight, let the light play over the surface and look for images, mainly in your mind, and wait for words to explain the significance of the image. It generally refers to events within three months time. [Eason, 237]
Moonstones have been known to lose their silvery luster if their owners continued to hold within themselves a lot of anger. [Mella, 91]
In ancient lore, Moonstone was considered to be a talismanic gem of winter, and in Oriental culture was known as a "phenomenal gem" to be worn on Mondays. Phenomenal gems exhibited a moving line, star, or changes on the surface as the light varied, and was considered to bring good fortune to the wearer. [Kunz, 326, 333-334]
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