- Category: Gemstones by the Month
Moonstone: May’s gemstone
Moonstone is nature’s treasure with a sensuous, seductive charm. The characteristic feature is its magical play of light. Moonstone is translucent, and refracts and softens the light shining through it to give a pearly moon-like glow, which appears different whenever the stone changes position. Years ago, it was thought to be brought upon by the moon’s phases.
Moonstone comes in colourless, white, grey, and subtle yellow, but always has a blue or white sheen. Rainbow moonstone is colourless with a blue sheen and a rainbow-like array of colours.
Mystery surrounds this stone. In India it’s considered sacred to lovers, and is also known as a “dream stone” bringing beautiful dreams. In Arab countries women sometime wear moonstone as a symbol of fertility. It was also believed to be especially protective to seafarers, who have used it since ancient times. During full-moon, moonstone is very powerful for reconciling love - and as the moon decreases, is said to allow one to foretell the future.
A feminine stone for female issues, but also used by men who want to reach their feminine side. Moonstone brings confidence, calms the emotions, and aids spirituality and intuition. Also thought to protect against fever, fluid-retention and urinary problems. Its soft shine supports the emotional and dreamy side of a person. Wearing moonstone will also increase your sensitivity to others.
Classical moonstone from Sri Lanka shimmers pale blue and is expensive. Moonstone from India has a cloud-like plays of light on beige, brown, green, or orange backgrounds – and some have a cat’s eye or a multi-rayed star.
Uncut moonstone is dull and lacks the play of light. This is brought out by the cutter’s skills, who must locate the stone’s axis. Classical moonstones are always cut as cabochons.
Most valuable moonstones have richer colour and are more transparent. Really top quality fine blue moonstone shows an incredible three-dimensional depth of colour, which shows only when tilting. Such specimens are rare and expensive. Brighter collared Indian moonstones and opalites are cheaper.
Common today is opalite. A synthetic stone looking similar to genuine moonstone, that's only been around recently. Against a light background, it appears milky white, shimmering golden faint lilac-blue and other colours. Against a darker background, it changes to a bright icy blue with the highlights altering to intense oranges and reds. The stone practically glows on its own, and demands attention by outshining all around.
Opalite moonstone adds a romantic feminine allure to your jewellery. Its pastel glow is soft and captivating - complimenting other light-collared stones like lilac amethyst, blue chalcedony, and rose quartz. Opalite always looks refreshingly cool and therefore ideal for summer. It also loves to compete with wild bright colours like reds and turquoise. This flamboyance makes opalite ideal to wear during a night out on the town.
All moonstone is fragile and should be handled carefully. However, a jeweller can polish a dulled moonstone back to its original glory.