Moonstone gets its name because of its variable color when viewed from every angle. Gemology experts say this is an adulterence. The synonym name for moonstone is “Selenite” taken from the name Selene a moon guardian goddess in the Greek myth. Moonstone is usually pale blue with a white glow and a transparent background. There are also white colors with attractive luster. In addition, moonstone can be found in green, orange and brown. This color combines an interesting shine and makes it an ideal gemstone to wear.
Moonstone has been a popular gem hundreds of years ago in the “Art Nouveau” era. It is used by renowned jewelery designer in France, Renac Lalique and now its collection can only be seen in the museum. Moonstone is placed in a feldspar type rock category. Moonstone is a feldspar variety of combined aluminum and potassium silica and sodium alumunium silica elements. This stone is at a value of 6 in Mohs hardness scale. Moonstone is actually divided into two; adularia moonstone and albite moonstone.
Chemistry and Gemology of Moonstone
Moonstone adularia from feldspar rock family under the orthoclase group; silica aluminum potassium KAlSi3O8. Orthoclase has the same composition as microcline, but is more stable at high temperatures. Adularia is more a combination of microperthitic among orthoclase with albite where orthoclase is more dominant. Adularia has no color but some emit light effects like blue or gray shadows. Usually the adularia is shaped with cabochon to highlight the unique nature of adularescene.
Moonstone albite is a family of feldspar rocks under a collection of plagioclase; sodium aluminum silica NaAlSi3O8-CaAl2Si2O8 (also known as albite-anorthite) and share the collection with labradorite. The main composition is sodium (sodium) which is the main component in providing an attractive glow on this stone. Albite is also a microperthitic combination between orthoclase and albite where albites are more dominant. Albite gets the name from the Latin word “albus” because of its white color.
The moonstone adularia and albite are distinguished in terms of their chemical structure. Another characteristic difference is that albite is more dense and tumpat than adularia. However, the question arises why albite and adularia may use the same name (moonstone)? This is because both have almost the same color when grub-shaped cabochon. In addition, both come from the same type of rock that is feldspar rock and share similar characteristics.
Countries where moonstone is found
Moonstone is from Sri Lanka, USA, Brazil, Australia, Myanmar, and Madagascar. The high quality Moonstone is flanked in Sri Lanka with a blue background with a transparent background. In addition, there is also a moonstone in green, peach, “smokey”, and yellow.
In India, there are black and red mined moonstone. The rare Moonstone has an asterism known as “star moonstone” and also a color play known as “cat’s eye” and “multi-rayed star”.
Moonstone Meaning and Use in Jewelry
As the name if gemstone suggests, the moonstone which is a kind beautiful gemstone jewelry. Moonstone has a special structure, so it can shine with light blue, like a quiet night in the moonlight. According to the legend, the sun gems and the moon are the gifts that the god give to human beings.
Nowadays, more and more jewelry that are made of the moonstone. People pay much attention to its characters and the more important is the functions of it. Moonstone is not only a beautiful one. It also can benefit to people if people wear it all the time.
Wholesale gemstone jewelry has developed a lot than before. It also released many kinds of fashion moonstone jewelry. Moonstone is colorless and transparent. Evaluation of the transparency of moonstone is extremely important. As for the gems, the more transparent, the higher value. Yellow to orange, translucent, dark inclusions reflective effect is better for moonstone market.
The output of the moonstone is less. Most of them are collected by people. Moonstone is one of the gems that most people like. People believed that it can awaken tender passion of a beloved. It is the birthstone of June just like pearl. It represents the wealth and longevity. It is also a lucky stone which can bring people good luck.
There are many fashion gemstone necklace, while I love the moonstone best. In my opinion, it is really suitable for all the girls. It is a stone which can bring love to them and send out the romantic emotional appeal. It is the best token of promise. It can help to make love again and help them to attract the mates. So for the girls, the moonstone jewelry is really a good choice. They can feel the sweet love if they keep wearing it.
There are still many other functions of the moonstone jewelry. If you want to buy a piece, you can find more knowledge about it. Then you will feel happy when you own it.
Moonstone is usually cut in cabochon and polished to show its shine. This stone needs to be cut off by a specialist. This is because only experts who have knowledge about the distance and height of the cabochon are suitable for this stone to highlight its shine. The specialist also needs to determine the correct cutting angle where the angle of the axis (angle x) lies in the “zanith” position on the rock to highlight the brightness of the color. This glitter is derived from the phenomenon of lamella inclusion structure which is a type of inclusion shaped like a vertical line. This inclusion distorts the light through which it produces an attractive color. Polished moonstone can improve color and shine.
Moonstone has a good price on the market. More in color and shine, the higher the price. The quality blue Moonstone of Sri Lanka shows 3 different blue color dimensions. The price may soar as it is very scarce.
Moonstone can be an alternative to pearls as a birthstone for June.