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Moonstone

Moonstone is a species of feldspar that has a luminous, glowing appearance that is milky white to different hues of yellow and blue.

With a composition of potassium aluminum silicate, moonstone has a vitreous luster and has a medium hardness, ranging about 6 on the Mohs' hardness scale.

As a gemstone, moonstone are popularly regarded for their beauty and near perfect cleavage, yet, moonstone are generally inexpensive.

But certain varieties, especially the larger, deeper colored blue moonstone are rare and are highly prized by collectors.

When adorned to gold and other precious metals or combined with other gemstones, moonstone is a beautiful piece of jewelry and is a great conversation piece.

The name moonstone is derived from the myth that events in the lunar calendar can be observed through it.

A white moonshine like shimmer, called adularescence, is caused by it's layered structure which causes the shimmer to appear to be floating within the stone.

Throughout history, moonstone has had special meaning to many people around the world for it's mystical powers. It was thought to bring good luck to those who wore them and provided protection from certain illnesses.

Moonstone is an alternative gemstone for the month of June and when mounted on gold or other precious metals, it is a beautiful, piece of jewelry.

Moonstone are found in Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Brazil, Tanzania, Madagascar, India, and Mexico. The most valued moonstone are those that are found in Sri Lanka.

 

 

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