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Moonstone is a variety of the feldspar group mineral orthoclase. Moonstone’s shimmering glow is caused by light scattering between microscopic layers of feldspar. This phenomenon is called adularescence. The cabochon cut is the best cut to display this affect. Moonstone is fairly soft (6-6.5 on the Mohs scale).
Moonstones come in a variety of colours. The body colour can range from colourless to gray, brown, yellow, green, or pink. The clarity ranges from transparent to translucent. The best moonstone has a blue sheen, perfect clarity, and a colourless body colour.
Moonstone is found in Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Madagascar, Brazil, Australia and India. Coloured moonstone only comes from India. Rainbow moonstone is mined in the southwest of India and blue is mined at Bihar in the centre of the country.
Since earliest times, Moonstone has been a tangible connection to the magic of the moon. Linked to the lunar cycle it balances female hormones and supports fertility.
Legendary as the Traveler’s Stone, Moonstone is especially protective of those who travel by night or upon the water when the moon is shining.
Moonstone is considered to have a relaxing effect to people of all ages. It’s soothing and calming influence reduces aggressive tendencies and provides emotional support in times of anxiety and stress.
Moonstone is a stone of inner growth and strength. It enhances intuition, promotes inspiration, success and good fortune in love and business matters.