Moonstone

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  2. May 21, 2012 10:03 am

Moonstone

The most common Moonstone is soft milky white stone with a silvery or bluish iridescence. It can also be found in a variety of colours, ranging from colourless to white, grey, brown, yellow, orange, green, or pink. Clarity ranges from transparent to translucent.
Moonstone’s characteristic shimmer is known as Schiller or adularescence.  Moonstones are usually cut in a smooth polished cabochon shape to emphasise this effect.

Moonstone was very popular with the Romans, who believed it was formed from moonlight, also used in Roman jewellery since 100 AD. In India moonstone is considered a sacred stone to this day.

Moonstone aligns vertebrae. It is good digestive aid. Moonstone also soothes and balances the emotions.
Europeans of the Middle Ages thought looking into a moonstone would make you fall into a deep sleep and dream about the future.
Moonstone was very popular early in the 20th century in particular with art nouveau jewellery.
Legend suggests that moonstone is supposed to awaken tender passions if placed beneath the tongues of lovers at full moon. It has also been suggested that holding a moonstone in the mouth will refresh your memory.
The gemstone is believed to be protective for women and babies and to soothe and balance the emotions.
Moonstone is found in Brazil, Europe, India, Madagascar, Mexico, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and the U.S.A. (Pennsylvania and Virginia). Sri Lanka produces the highest-quality moonstones.

 

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