Perhaps not the most helpful description of this mysterious and stunning stone but according to Wikipedia,
“Moonstone is a sodium potassium aluminum silicate with the chemical formula (Na,K)AlSi3O8 and belongs to the feldspar group.”
Now we know what we’re dealing with, let’s explore some fun facts…
Moonstone got its name from its magical appearance. It’s misty, translucent and somewhat otherworldly. Apparently, the Romans believed that Moonstone was made from solidified rays of the Moon.
What a wonderful thought!
A firm favourite for Handmade Jewellery
This gorgeous gem has been used in jewellery making throughout the ages by many modern and ancient civilizations and movements. Moonstone was particularly popular in the Art Nouveau period and today it’s a firm favourite among Dainty Rocks customers!
I recently learned that Moonstone is the Florida State Gemstone. Although it doesn’t naturally occur in Florida, it was named the official gemstone of the state to commemorate the moon landings.
So, where does Moonstone come from?
Different types of Moonstone can be found all over the world, they’re typically mined from ancient mountain rock. In places like Sri Lanka, India, Mexico and Switzerland. Some believe this stone brings hope and strengthens intuition. Moonstone is considered to be a stone of protection. It is said to calm and bring relief from emotional stress. It’s also symbolic of femininity and motherhood.
Here’s a few of my personal favourite moonstone pieces:
- Ombre Moonstone Bracelet: https://www.daintyrocks.co.uk/products/multi-moonstone-bracelet-june-birthstone-9501
- Moonstone Necklace: https://www.daintyrocks.co.uk/products/moonstone-necklace-june-birthstone-9742
- Moonstone and Rose Quartz Bracelet: https://www.daintyrocks.co.uk/products/moonstone-rose-quartz-bracelet-0053
Have a great after-moon 😉