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Moonstone

Moonstone – it is not a stone from the moon. As a mineral it is a feldspar with a beautiful pearly and opalescent luster. The many names of this stone give enough versatile idea about it..

moonstone different colours

The most common name is "moonstone" because its color and shine amazingly resemble diffuse, mysterious light of the moon. The effect of moonlight reflected in the name "selenite" - in honor of the moon goddess from Greek mythology – Selene. It is interesting that selenite has received its name because, like the Moon is accompanying the Earth's endless journey in the universe, selenite is always accompanied by another element, tellurium, named in honor of the Earth: Tellus.

moonstone bear
moonstone moon face

In India moonstone is called dzhandarakandom, which means "moonlight". It is considered the most revered stone among moon admirers.

There is an interesting legend saying that on the surface of he stone appears white spot, growing to the extent that it increases the glow of the moon to full moon. At this time the stone acquires magical power

moonstone crystal
moonstone ball shape

Moonstones can be milky white, purple or enlightened with gold inner shimmer. There are moonstones with stellar pictures or effect of "cat's eye", but such specimens are rare. And so-called Black Moonstone is the mineral labradorite. It is another feldspar mineral with beautiful play of colors, and its kind of dark, sparkling blue is called black moonstone.

black moonstone labradorite

Moonstone was valued as a gemstone a hundred years ago in the era of «Art Nouveau». French jeweler Rene Lalique used it in its products, which today can be seen only in museums and private collections.

Moonstone usually is cut cabochons. This cutting reveals shimmering play of colors in shades of blue, reminiscent of moonlight, which gives the stone a special attraction.

moonstone cabochones
moonstone cabochon

Flickering light of moon rocks is an amazing phenomenon in the world of precious stones, called adularescence. The reason for this flickering effect is the internal structure of stone in the form of lamellaes. The incident light rays are refracted and scattered in stone. Thus a one-of-a light phenomenon occurs and makes the moonstone so unique and so desirable.

moonstone black
moonstone ball

The price of the moonstone can vary. It is determined by the intensity of the color, size and clarity of the stone. Great blue moonstones have an incredible three-dimensional color depththe distinguishable by rotating stone. Such specimens are highly sought after by collectors because of their rarity and are therefore expensive. Multicolored Indian lunar rocks are generally cheaper than the classical blue moonstones, so everyone can choose a stone that matches different tastes and budgets.

moonstone bracelet

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