Gem Feature: Moonstone

Two varieties of moonstone: one set
in a ring, one as the feature of a
beaded bracelet.

When it comes to white gemstones, the moonstone is one of the most popular. From healing properties to a rich history, when you enjoy wearing or working with one, you’re continuing a long tradition.

What is Moonstone and How is it Formed?
Moonstone is a type of feldspar widely distributed around the world. Deposits have been found across the North American Continent, Germany, Australia, Austria, Burma, Madagascar and in other countries.

It’s formed when crystals grow alongside the heat of magma as it slowly cools and hydrothermal vents. Because the process is so slow, some of the resulting gems can get quite large. Moonstone forms when layers of feldspar are deposited. Once solidified, these layers then reflect light in this gem’s characteristic shine.

Like most gems, it can be found in a variety of shades, like blue, green, pink, brown or grey in addition to white. Some varieties may have less of a sheen than others.

Spiritual and Magical Meanings in History
During the time of the ancient Romans, it was believed that moonstone is the result of hardened moonlight. Thanks to its appearance, it has been associated with moon goddesses and gods for centuries. Some pagan religions still hold this belief today.

Often, it’s seen as a stone for women, but because of the moon’s ties with emotions, it is thought to be helpful in balancing emotions in all genders. By extent, it’s also used to gain better understanding of your inner workings. It’s said to reflect who you are back to you, which can then be used to gain a deeper understanding of what’s going on.

Moonstone is also used to help in matters of love and dreams. Sometimes, it’s also used as a tool for looking into the future.

Other Uses
In addition to this gemstone’s more mystical meanings, it holds a place in the broader culture, as well. Florida has adopted it as its state stone, and it is also the birthstone for June.

It has a place in the world of industry, as well. Some abrasive cleaning products have it as an ingredient, and certain ceramic glazes also contain it.

As interesting and varied as this gem is, it’s still most commonly used in jewelry, and with good reason. It’s one of the most unique, lovely stones out there.

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