Fun Facts About Moonstone



Moonstone is a beautiful and rare gem that has captured the imagination of humans for centuries. Here are some fun facts about moonstones:


  • 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.


  • The moonstone is a variation from the feldspar group and consists of two different minerals from the aforementioned group: albite and orthoclase.


  • Moonstone gems 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 is orthoclase feldspar.


  • The best moonstones 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 moonstones is 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 can be translucent to almost transparent.


  • Despite its close relation, rainbow moonstone is a transparent version of labradorite. Both moonstone and rainbow moonstone exhibit adularescence, though rainbow moonstone has blue or rainbow tones on a transparent stone.


  • Although rainbow moonstone has blue or rainbow tones on a transparent stone, regular moonstone has soft white or grey undertones on an opaque stone.


  • Both moonstone and rainbow moonstone exhibit the optical phenomenon of adularescence, though rainbow moonstone has blue or rainbow tones on a transparent stone.


  • 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.


  • If you believe in the holistic and healing properties of crystals, here are the effects of wearing two different types of moonstone: Blue Moonstone – worn over the heart or throat chakra – enhances inner peace and tranquility; White Moonstone – worn over the heart – balances feminine energy and hormones, soothes emotions.


  • In ancient times, mariners wore moonstones as amulets to help protect them from the sea and ensure that they returned home safely.


  • Moonstone is 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 jewelry! 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.