Where do moonstones come from
1. The meaning of the moonstone
1. The meaning of the moonstone
2. What are the properties of moonstones?
3. Where can I find moonstones?
4. Are there any imitations of moonstones?
5. How much does moonstone cost?
6. What healing effects do moonstones have?
7. Jewelry with moonstones
The moonlight is one of the most fascinating phenomena in the world. The great gravitational pull of the moon creates myths, makes people sleepwalk and keeps the North Sea in constant motion. Precisely because of its inexplicable properties, it attracts many people in a seductive way under a peculiar spell, and one can hardly escape the mysterious shimmer. So it's no wonder that the moonstone, which owes its name to its moonlight-like shimmer, is just as attractive. But how does the stone get its mystical shine?
The moonstone belongs to the group of feldspars. It has this in common with the amazonite and the sunstone, for example. The moonstone is a potassium feldspar. The feldspars are very common in the world and they make up 80% of the earth's crust.
Its moonlit shimmer is also called adularizing. Moonstones belong to the orthoclase or adulara, a mineral made from a combination of aluminum, silicon, potassium and oxygen.
The colors of the moonstones vary from white, brown and red to blue and always have a light or bluish sheen, which leads to the resemblance to moonlight. The strength of this shimmer depends on spindles inside the stone - larger spindles produce a white sheen, smaller spindles a blue sheen. In addition, the stone changes its shimmer when it is moved, so that the stone always has undiscovered sides and thus remains mysterious. Since moonstones are always transparent or shimmering through, their color comes out particularly well.
There are moonstones in Sri Lanka, Brazil, India, Madagascar, Myanmar and the USA. Sri Lanka is the main supplier and there the moonstone is extracted from pegmatites. High-quality blue moonstones come mainly from Madagascar.
There are various imitations of moonstones. These are made, for example, with synthetic spinel, burned-over amethyst or with synthetic glass. But how can these imitations be recognized? In the case of glass imitations, it is possible to see the enclosed glass bubbles under a microscope and thus to expose the fake. Other imitations can only be examined and recognized by a gemologist.
In addition, due to their similar appearance, some other stones are referred to as moonstones, although in fact they are not:
- Rainbow moonstone (white labradorite)
- Black moonstone (outdated term for dark labradorite)
- Canadian moonstone (also belongs to the Labradorites)
- Blue moonstone, California moonstone (chalcedony with a bluish shimmer)
As has just been made clear, various imitations of moonstone are available in stores, as well as stones that are confusingly similar to the moonstone. This is due to the fact that real moonstone is very rare, especially as a gem stone. Real moonstones, also known as hecatolite, woman's stone, wolf's eye or water opal, are available as rough stones in the amount of one kilogram for less than 10 €. Cut stones are significantly more expensive and cost around € 1 per gram.
Cabochon-cut moonstones can be purchased for around € 2 - 3 per carat, depending on their origin.
Moonstones were already considered magical and sacred stones and a symbol of femininity in many cultures. Due to its fantastic shimmer, it is hardly surprising, for example, that the moonstone is also called "dream stone", because it invites you into dreamy fantasy worlds in which you can detach yourself from everyday life. Supposedly it is also supposed to chase away nightmares if you carry it with you while sleeping and improve the memory of dreams. It is also called the “women's stone” because it is said to contribute to fertility, relieve menstrual cramps and is used during menopause. It is supposed to help mothers with breastfeeding and milk production. The moonstone is the stone of the zodiac signs Pisces, Cancer and Gemini, is said to strengthen the immune system and strengthen the personality. The effects of the moonstones are just as varied as the shimmering of these gemstones. The stone is said to bring relief, especially in the case of thyroid diseases. It is recommended to always carry the gemstone with you on a chain.
Since moonstone is the “stone of women”, it is mostly used for women's jewelry. Wonderful chains with gemstones of different sizes, shiny bluish rings or shimmering earrings with white moonstones are attractive and seductive. The gemstone goes particularly well with the precious metal silver, as it refines an equally seductive metal and perfects the elegant jewelry. But beautiful jewelry with moonstones is also offered for men, for example on an anchor pendant or a star-shaped charm.
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