Fun Facts About Moonstone
Did you know that moonstone is actually not a stone at all, but rather a type of feldspar? This makes it one of the most abundant minerals on Earth! For more fun facts about moonstones, read on!
- 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 crystal.
- Moonstone crystals are the most valuable stone from the feldspar group.
- Though the stone has optical qualities similar to some labradorite stones, labradorite is a plagioclase feldspar, whereas moonstone crystal is orthoclase feldspar.
- The highest-quality moonstone crystals are found in deposits in India and Sri Lanka, though they're found in deposits all over the world, including the United States, Mexico, Australia, Germany, and Tanzania. However, the rarest form of moonstone crystals are found only in Sri Lanka.
- Moonstones get their name from their opalescent sheen, which resembles a moon in a starry night sky. Many people also believe that this shimmery sheen is caused by the moon's light reflecting off the stone.
- Colorless moonstones with a blue sheen are considered the most valuable, but they come in many different colors. Moonstones are also available in blue, green, brown, yellow, peach, grey, and shades of white.
- Moonstone properties include a translucent to almost transparent appearance.
- Different Moonstone types include blue, rainbow, green, pink orthoclase, amazonite, etc.
- Both moonstone and rainbow moonstone exhibit adularescence, though rainbow moonstone has blue or rainbow tones on a transparent stone. In contrast, a regular moonstone crystal has soft white or grey undertones on an opaque stone.
- Moonstone properties include a hardness ranking between 6 and 6.5 on the Mohs Hardness Scale. This hardness ranking means moonstone crystals 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. Opalite is a simulated stone and not a real gem.
- Moonstone healing properties vary according to the color of the stone. Blue Moonstone crystal – worn over the heart or throat chakra – enhances inner peace and tranquility; White moonstone crystal – worn over the heart – balances feminine energy and hormones and soothes emotions. Moonstone healing properties also vary according to the placement of the stone.
- In ancient times, mariners wore moonstone crystals as amulets to help protect them from the sea and ensure that they returned home safely.
- Moonstone crystals are typically cut into cabochons for jewelry or carved into unique shapes.
- A NASA astronaut took to the Moon in September 2001 to complete the "Apollo 11" mission to the United States. Florida officially designated moonstone a state gemstone to mark this milestone in human history.
- Be careful with your moonstone crystals! It is one of the softer gemstones (6 – 6.5 on the Mohs scale) and can break along the layers within the stone. If you're going to be active and there's a chance of bumps and scrapes, it's best to take your moonstone jewelry off.
We hope you enjoyed reading these fun facts about moonstones! If you're interested in learning more about gemstones and crystals, be sure to check out our other blog posts. And, as always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us! We're always happy to help.