Fun Facts About June's Birthstone Moonstone


 

MOONSTONES ARE AMONG THE WORLD'S MOST BEAUTIFUL GEMSTONES, BUT THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT THEM. HERE ARE SOME AMAZING MOONSTONE FACTS!

 

  • Did you know that June is one of only two months in the year with three birthstones? The month's birthstones are pearl, alexandrite and moonstone.

 

  • Moonstone is a potassium aluminum silicate mineral from the orthoclase feldspar family.

 

  • Moonstone gems are the most valuable stone from the feldspar group.

 

  • Moonstone crystals occur in a variety of colors aside from white, such as yellow, gray, pink and green.

 

  • Moonstone crystals are commonly cut into cabochons to enhance their opaqueness and adularescence.

 

  • Adularescence is the optical phenomenon that gives moonstone its stunning radiance. The illumination scatters across the stone like moonlight on a large body of still water.

 

  • Even though moonstone gems rank between 6 and 6.5 on the Mohs Hardness Scale, they are prone to breaking due to the cleavage within the stone.

 

  • Opalite is a glass that looks like opal and moonstone but is manufactured rather than natural. This simulated stone isn't a real gem.

 

  • Rainbow moonstone is transparent labradorite, a closely related feldspar mineral with a glistening sheen in a rainbow of hues. Rainbow moonstone is not technically moonstone, but it is similar enough that the trade has recognized it as a gem in its own right.

 

  • Moonstone is a healing stone connected with water Zodiac signs. It enhances intuition and balances emotions.