In Indian mythology, the solidified moonlight formed a moonstone, which is believed to bring good luck. During the Art Nouveau period in the 19th century, moonstone was loved by artisans.
Nowadays, moonstone is classified as one of the most magical gems, due to its special luster and smooth texture. All in all, everyone loves moonstones!
Moonstone meanings: Friendship, love, health, longevity and wealth
Moonstones are very beautiful gems. They have always been considered as a gift from the goddess of the moon, i.e. Selene to humankind, with its mysterious and irresistible power.
It is said that wearing moonstones when the moon is full, improves our consciousness and the power to feel supernatural forces and, very importantly, helps us meet good lovers.
Therefore, the moonstone is called “lovers’ stones“, due to the fact that it can evoke emotions and passions inside us. Moonstones are a symbol of friendship and love and are the best gift to love.
In some places the moonstone is also called the “travellers’ stone” because it is believed to have the power to protect travellers at night. In certain Asian countries, it is also used as a symbol of “no tears”.
In the United States, the Indians regard moonstones as a “sacred stone”, a commemorative gemstone for the thirteenth anniversary of marriage.
At the same time, the moonstone is also the birthstone for June, symbolising health, wealth and longevity.
Moonstone mining in Sri Lanka.
Moonstones are usually white or colorless, either transparent or translucent with a light yellow, orange, brown, gray or green, and have a special moonlight effect, hence its name.
This is because the layered cryptolites of the two feldspars intersect in parallel with each other. This slight difference in refractive index scatters visible light. When cleavage planes exist, interference or diffraction can be accompanied.
Moonstones are either transparent or translucent with a light color.
Blue floating light of high quality moonstones
The surface of the feldspar on light produces a blue floating light. If the layer is thicker, it produces off-white instead, and the glare effect will be not as good.
In addition to the blue and white brilliance, moonstones also have a “chatoyancy” phenomenon, which is often referred to as the “cat’s eye effect”. When a strong beam of light reflects from the vertical direction on the gem, it looks like a cat’s eyes.
Production and mining sites
The magical, beautiful and precious moonstone is mainly produced in Sri Lanka, Myanmar, India, Brazil, Mexico and the European Alps, among which Sri Lanka is the most precious.
Care and maintenance
1. Avoid acid and alkali: Moonstone jewellery must not be washed with acid or alkaline liquids; therefore all cosmetics, perfumes, oil stains, etc. should be kept away.
2. Be careful of rubbing: Moonstones have a hardness of 6-6.5, which is a relatively soft material compared to other gemstones, so it is necessary to avoid friction and collision with hard materials to avoid scratches.
3. Don’t collide: Moonstones have two sets of complete cleavage inside, which can be easily broken by external forces. Beauty is fragile and needs careful protection.
In the end
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- January birthstone: Garnet- chastity, sincerity, friendliness, authenticity
- February birthstone: Amethyst– Honest, Peaceful
- March birthstone: Aquamarine and Blood stone– Calm, Brave, Smart
- April birthstone: Diamonds- Pure and Flawless
- May birthstone: Emerald- Lucky and Happiness
- June birthstone: Pearl, Moonstone, Alexandrite– Healthy, Longevity, Richness
- July birthstone: Ruby– passion, love, dignity
- August birthstone: Olivine- happy and happy couple
- September birthstone: Sapphire- Loving, Honest, Virtuous
- October birthstone: Opal, Tourmaline– Joy, Ease, Blessings
- November birthstone: Citrine, Topaz- Friendship, Hope
- December birthstone: Turquoise, Tanzanite, Zircon– victory, good luck, success
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