“We ran as if to meet the moon.”
― Robert Frost
Birth Stone: June
Moonstones exhibit a mystical quality and an otherworldly sheen that plays with light under the surface. Wearing a moonstone has often been said to channel hope, sensitivity, and abundance. Associated with the crown chakra and divine feminine energy, this iridescent gemstone is thought to inspire intuition and psychic abilities. Discover the meaning of Moonstones.
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THE MINERAL ORIGINS OF MOONSTONE
Moonstones are part of the feldspar mineral family. The stone is made up of two minerals (orthoclase and albite), that are at first intermingled. As the newly formed mineral cools, the intergrown orthoclase and albite separate into stacked, alternating layers creating the dreamy opalescent stone that we know today.
They can be found in colorless form as well as peach, pink, green, gray, yellow, brown, and blue. As light falls between these thin, flat layers, it scatters in many directions, producing the phenomenon called adularescence. Viewers often delight in how light appears to roll across the gem’s surface as you change the viewing angle, like a crescent moon growing to fullness.
Other Feldspar minerals with this quality include Labradorite, Sunstone, and Amazonite.
The most prized moonstone is from Sri Lanka and India. Gem Grade Blue moonstones, such as those that seen in the collections of jeweler, Tony Malmed, are highly valued because of their rarity. Such stones can only be found in Sri Lanka. India is famed for producing Rainbow Moonstones. The most historically interesting moonstone mines are found in Switzerland's Adula Mountains. Other mines around the globe can be found in Myanmar, Brazil, Norway, USA, Australia, Germany, Tanzania, India, and Madagascar.
The most valuable moonstones are thought to appear colorless with blue sheen. That said, moonstone is also available in green, peach, brown, and gray with blue, silver, white or rainbow adularescence.
MOONSTONE'S MYTHICAL AND METAPHYSICAL PROPERTIES
As ancient as the moon itself, the relevance of Moonstone lies within its beauty and energy. For centuries, it has been said that the stone's energy is said to nourish, give passion, and awaken feminine energies. It's known to illicit healing and guides one to their inner path. Together with the waxing and waning of the moon, it evokes tranquility and exudes a glowing vitality that can re-energize the mind and body and wash negativity away. Since it is enveloped by strong rays of gold, blue, and purple, Moonstone is perpetually embraced with gleaming white energy that makes it a protective gem.
A gem for intuition, balance, and wishes, Moonstone is said to help channel one's feminine side. It can aid in distinguishing what is merely needed in life versus what is wanted. As you wear your Moonstone on a regular basis, you will start to realize the negative energies that play in the grand scheme of your being and eventually learn to heal yourself. If the gem is clearer then it will host a more colorful luster and have stronger healing powers.
It has been used as a stone of protection for traveling at night, voyaging at sea, childbirth, and pregnancy. Linked with the crown, third eye, and heart chakras, Moonstone has been said to calm and relieve stress while releasing love and healing.
Moonstone is a powerful gem that can mean a lot of things with its diverse healing properties. It is a balancing gem, a birthstone, a lucky stone, a sacred crystal, a piece of heirloom jewelry, and a wedding gift.
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