MOONSTONE

Moonstone is the birthstone assigned to the month of June. It can be found in numerous colours, however, my personal favourite varieties are the rainbow, white, sand and grey moonstone. Regardless of the colour, the moonstone holds an enchanting glowing quality, which makes it clear why it has been associated with the moon and has been surrounded by both mystery and adoration through centuries. Read on, if you would like to know more about the delicate moonstone!  ♡ Shiri

The moonstone is the birthstone of June. As this month has three different birthstones assigned, the moonstone is joined by the alexandrite and the lovely pearl. Wearing your birthstone is said to bring luck, and as the moonstone can be found in different varieties, there are wonderful colour options, when choosing your moonstone. Gifting a piece of jewellery set with moonstone will make a stunning personalized gift for someone born in the month of June.

The captivating moonstone is a suitable gift for the 13th wedding anniversary. A fine piece of jewellery set with one or more, of the gorgeous colour varieties of moonstone, will be a very special gift for your loved one.

The spiritual qualities of the moonstone include; love, happiness, femininity, nurture, mothering and new beginnings. The moonstone is a gemstone of motherhood and some people believe it to bring good fortune when it comes to both love and fertility. This gemstone is also a perfect companion for supporting emotional balance, as it is said to have a calming effect on the mind.

The moonstone was a cherished gemstone in both ancient Rome and India, where it was believed to be created from moonbeams. Moonstones are still considered sacred in India and are often used in jewellery pieces, as they are also said to bring good luck. In Europe, moonstone grew increasingly popular in the late 1800s to the early 1900s, during art nouveau period, where excellent jewellers like René Lalique, adorned numerous intricate jewellery pieces with the precious gemstone.

As its name suggests, the moonstone has always been associated with the moon, due to its magical radiance. According to some legends, it was told that the moonstone could increase the fertility of a woman. In some cultures, it was also believed that holding a moonstone in your mouth during a full moon would enable you to see into the future.

Moonstone originates from the orthoclase mineral, which is a part of the feldspar family and is categorized on a 6-6.5 on the Mohs' scale of hardness. This gemstone has a beautiful glowing quality, as it displays the optical phenomenon known as adularescence, which is the light that appears to move across the gemstone. Moonstones are mainly sourced in Australia, India, Sri Lanka and the USA. It can be found in a variety of colours, such as ranges of white, pink, sand, grey, green, black or colourless with a rainbow sheen, while its clarity can vary from completely translucent to semitransparent.

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