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Moonstone is a beautiful gemstone that has been treasured for centuries for its captivating appearance and mystical properties.

It is a type of feldspar mineral that is known for its irresistible iridescent sheen that shimmers across its surface like the light of the moon. This ethereal quality has given Moonstone its name and has made it a popular choice for jewelry and decorative items.

Moonstone is typically found in shades of white, gray and peach, although it can also be found in other colours such as green, blue and pink.

However, Moonstone is much more than just a pretty stone. It has a rich history, numerous physical properties, and is believed to have many healing properties.

Today, we will explore all aspects of Moonstone and its significance in human culture.

FUN FACT: Moonstone is the official semi-precious birthstone for May and is most beneficial to those born under the Cancer Star Sign (Jun 22 – July 22) but is also relevant to the Libra, Scorpio and Pisces Star Signs. 

It is also the traditional semi-precious gemstone gift for someone who is celebrating their 3rd wedding anniversary.

The History of Moonstone

Moonstone has a long and fascinating history that dates back thousands of years. It was first discovered in ancient India, where it was considered a sacred stone and was used in religious ceremonies.

Both Ancient Greeks & Romans linked their Lunar Gods to Moonstone.

The ancient Romans also prized Moonstone and believed that it was formed from moon rays that had hardened. They believed that wearing Moonstone would bring good fortune and protect against harm. 

In the Middle Ages, Moonstone was used in alchemy, and it was believed that drinking a potion made from Moonstone would bring eternal youth and beauty. It was especially celebrated and revered around a full moon.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, (especially during the Art Nouveau period) Moonstone became a popular gemstone for jewelry, and it was often used in the designs of famous artists such as René Lalique and Louis Comfort Tiffany.

The Physical Properties of Moonstone

Moonstone is a type of feldspar mineral that is known for its pearly sheen, which is caused by light bouncing off the internal layers of the stone. 

Moonstone can be found in a range of colours, including white, grey, blue, green, pink, and peach. The most desirable Moonstones are those that have a blue or blue-green sheen, which is known as “adularescence.” 

This effect is caused by the scattering of light as it passes through the internal layers of the stone, and it gives the stone a magical, otherworldly quality. 

Moonstone is a rather soft stone, with Moh’s scale hardness factor of around 6 which means that it can be damaged or scratched more easily than harder stones like Agate and Amethyst.

The Meaning & Healing Properties of Moonstone

Moonstone is believed to have many mystical properties and has been used for centuries in spiritual practices. 

Moonstone, in Hindu mythology, is associated with the moon god, Chandra, and is believed to bring good fortune and protect against harm. 

Moonstone is also associated with the feminine energy of the moon and is believed to be a powerful tool for women’s health and fertility. 

It is said to help balance hormones, regulate menstrual cycles, and alleviate symptoms of PMS. 

Moonstone is also believed to be a stone of emotional healing and is said to bring calm, peace, and emotional stability to those who wear it. 

It is thought to intensify intuition and psychic abilities and to enhance spiritual growth and awareness.

Moonstone generates feelings of hope, sensitivity, intuition and improves psychic abilities. It is also believed to bring you strong energies of abundance to your life. 

Moonstone is thought of as ‘The Traveler’s Stone” as it protects you during travel. (Especially at night) You will feel calm and a renewed sense of balance & harmony.

How Moonstone is Used

Moonstone has a wide range of uses, both practical and decorative. It is a popular choice for jewelry, and Moonstone necklaces, bracelets, and earrings are widely available. 

Moonstone is also used in decorative items such as sculptures, vases, and bowls.

In addition to its aesthetic uses, Moonstone is also used in alternative medicine and is believed to have many healing properties.  Moonstone is often used in crystal healing and meditation practices and is believed to promote physical, emotional, and spiritual healing.

Some of Moonstone’s Health Benefits Include…

(FYI, this is in no way intended to replace medication &/or the care of a licensed healthcare professional)

  • Soothes PMS
  • Helps with fertility issues
  • Relieves sleepwalking
  • Helps with your insomnia
  • Balances your hormones

5 Interesting Facts about Moonstone…

  1. The semi-precious gemstone called Rainbow Moonstone is actually Labradorite.
  2. Another name for Moonstone is Adularia
  3. Moonstone is awesome for people who work outside & those who work in the creative arts.
  4. Moonstone can be easily carved and is usually fashioned into a moon face. (As in, a cartoonish face, not the moon’s face complete with craters and footprints from astronauts playing golf.)
  5. Moonstone is very popular with the Art Nouveau movement.

Where to Buy Moonstone Jewelry

Moonstone jewelry is widely available at jewelry stores and online retailers. It can come in a variety of styles and price points, from simple stud earrings to elaborate necklaces and bracelets.

Here’s a quick link to the One Zero Eight Shop for these breathtaking Moonstone pieces…Simple Moonstone EarringsDeluxe Moonstone EarringsMoonstone Bracelet

You can also buy Moonstone jewelry from local artisans at craft fairs and such, but you’ll have to be on the lookout for fake Moonstone.

How to Identify Imitation Moonstone

There are a few ways to tell if your Moonstone is genuine. First, look for the stone’s characteristic iridescence and pearly luster.

Real Moonstone will have a subtle, shifting play of colors that changes depending on the viewing angle. 

Additionally, Moonstone is relatively soft and can be scratched easily, so if your stone appears to be very durable or nearly scratch-proof, it may be a fake. 

Finally, be wary of stones that are too perfect or uniform in color, as these are often man-made or synthetic.

Opalite (synthetic and made out of glass) is often confused with Moonstone because it was designed to mimic moonstone’s appearance. Coincidently, Opalite is roughly 1/5 the price of genuine Moonstone so, keep that in mind when you’re buying it.  

How to Care for Moonstone Jewelry

Moonstone is a rather soft stone, so extra care should be taken with it to avoid scratches or chips.

To keep your Moonstone jewelry looking its best, avoid exposing it to harsh chemicals and drastic temperatures. Be sure to clean it regularly with a soft cloth. For more information on caring for your gemstone jewelry, try reading The 5 Best Ways to Take Care of Your Gemstone Bracelets OR The Essential Guide to Cleansing Your Gemstone Bracelets. 

When you’re not using your moonstone jewelry, store it separately from other pieces to prevent scratches or tangling.

Frequently Asked Questions about Moonstone

Q: What is Moonstone?

A: Moonstone is a type of mineral that is known for its pearly luster and iridescent sheen. It is typically white or colourless, but can also come in shades of grey, peach, pink, green, and blue.

Q: What are some benefits of using Moonstone?

A: Moonstone is thought to have a number of benefits, both physical and emotional. Some people believe that it can help balance hormones, promote fertility, and ease menstrual cramps. It is also said to be a stone of new beginnings, helping people to let go of the past and embrace the future. Additionally, Moonstone is believed to promote inner strength, calmness, and intuition.

Q: Where should I buy my Moonstone beads from?

A: You have several choices on where to buy Moonstone; be it beads, jewelry or home décor. You can shop online (I use Pandahall.com, LBeads.com, ibeadcanada.com and when I’m in a hurry, Amazon) or a speciality gemstone store.

Moonstone is an enchanting gemstone that beckons exploration and captivates the hearts of those who discover its unique allure. Beyond being a mere adornment, Moonstone possesses a distinctive charm, drawing people in with its ethereal beauty and spiritual resonance.

The hypnotic appeal of Moonstone goes way beyond the surface. Its pearly sheen and iridescent colours create a magical quality that has established it as a coveted choice for jewelry and decorative objects.

When draped in the luminescence of Moonstone, you can’t help but feel an instant and profound connection to the mystical essence it embodies.

From religious ceremonies that sought its divine aura to alchemical pursuits and artistic expressions, Moonstone has shaped cultural practices and artistic endeavours throughout the ages.

Beyond its aesthetic and historical significance, Moonstone holds a special place in alternative medicine and is believed to possess countless healing properties. Its influence extends to physical, emotional, and spiritual realms, becoming a conduit for holistic well-being. Whether incorporated into meditation practices or adorning the body as a cherished piece of jewelry, Moonstone seamlessly bridges beauty, mystery and healing for those fortunate enough to encounter its mystic energies.

In essence, Moonstone is not just a gemstone; it’s a living testament to the interplay of beauty and spirituality, a harmonious fusion that resonates with people profoundly. As it graces the lives of those who choose to embrace it, Moonstone becomes more than a mere accessory – it becomes a source of inspiration, a touchstone of mystery, and a beacon of healing for the journey of self-discovery.

To find your own (or other) birth month semi-precious gemstone introduction blog, click below.

MonthGemstone
JanuaryGarnet
FebruaryAmethyst
MarchAquamarine
AprilBloodstone
MayAgate
JuneMoonstone
JulyCarnelian
AugustPeridot
SeptemberLapis Lazuli
OctoberPink Tourmaline
NovemberCitrine
DecemberTurquoise
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