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How do you know what kind of moonstone you have?

The gem can be cleaned with a warm solution containing liquid soap or dish soap. The decoration is left in place for a quarter of an hour, then carefully wiped with a soft sponge, paying special attention to the areas where the stone meets the metal. Moonstone can be cleaned by washing under running and then distilled water.

How to distinguish from fakes

Moonstone is a popular item for counterfeiting due to the high demand for it among buyers. Well-processed glass or plastic is often passed off as a natural gem. The main differences between natural stones allow you to recognize a fake:

  • Heterogeneous structure. In a natural gem, it is lamellar; inside there are inclusions, small cracks, and small defects are allowed. Products with an impeccable appearance, without flaws, are usually fake.
  • Thermal conductivity. The natural gem remains cool for a long time, even if you hold it in your hand.

Place of Birth

Feldspars of various compositions are mined in many deposits around the world. Next we will talk about the most valuable varieties. It is generally accepted that the best iridescent orthoclases are usually associated with the deposits of Sri Lanka, but today the situation has changed, and good moonstones from Ceylon practically do not come to the market. India is considered another historical mining site. In silver jewelry there are Indian moonstones with bright iridescence, but, unfortunately, with many internal inhomogeneities. The main source of adularia today is Africa, in particular Tanzania. Rainbow specimens, which recently appeared in small quantities from some dealers and were immediately purchased by rarity collectors, are mined in Madagascar. Moon rocks are also mined in Burma.

CHARACTERISTICS

Mineral type: Orthoclase; Plagioclase

Chemical formula: Orthoclase K(AlSi3O8); Plagioclase (Ca-Na)(AlSi3O8)

Syngony: Orthoclase – monoclinic; Plagioclase – triclinic

Optical character: anisotropic

Cleavage: perfect in two directions, discernible in the third.

Density: Orthoclase 2,56; Plagioclase 2,6-2,65

Luster: glassy, ​​sometimes pearlescent

Refractive index: Orthoclase 1,52-1,53; Plagioclase 1,527 – 1,553

Birefringence: Orthoclase 0,006; Plagioclase 0,007

Color: jewelry varieties white, milky translucent with iridescence

INTERESTING FACTS

  • 99 percent of the clear bluish “moonstones” sold in stores as cabochons and beads are man-made opal glass.
  • Moonstones in legends and traditions are associated with the invisible forces of the Moon, therefore magical and healing properties are attributed to them.
  • The composition and belonging to a certain variety do not affect the use and pricing; the beauty of the moonstone is important.
  • In Mesopotamia, priests actively used the magical properties of moonstone. During the full moon, they went out into the field, placed the mineral under their tongues and cast spells. The procedure plunged them into a trance, allowing them to receive mystical revelations and develop the gift of clairvoyance.
  • In Europe during the Middle Ages, moonstone was considered an amulet for lovers. Young girls wore it as a talisman, believing that the mineral would bring good luck and happiness in love affairs.
  • The natural gem exhibits a beautiful optical phenomenon – iridescence. This is a phenomenon in which the mineral turns bluish when exposed to directional light.

History

Moon stones have been known since ancient times. The heyday of their use in jewelry occurred in the Art Nouveau era, when optical effects in stones, including adularia and opal, in enamels and glass, were played out by jewelers to create fantastic jewelry. Today, adularia of remarkable purity and iridescence are played with diamonds and sapphires by many jewelers and jewelry houses.

Ennobling

The main problem of moon rocks is their low purity due to internal inhomogeneities, cracks, and visible cleavage planes. Therefore, to improve the purity of low-quality fractured moonstones, impregnation (oiling) is used. If the raw materials are initially free of defects, refining is not required.

The healing properties of the stone

Ancient healers considered the liberation of a person from negative energy among the main properties of the mineral. According to existing beliefs, people’s health is determined by the energy field, so moonstones were actively used in the treatment of various ailments. Modern lithotherapists continue to follow established traditions, using the mineral to treat a number of diseases:

  • Acceleration of metabolism.
  • Normalization of the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Acceleration of recovery processes in the body after injuries.
  • Normalization of psychological state.
  • Relief from pain of various origins.
  • Improving brain function.
  • Relieving epilepsy attacks.
  • Elimination of toxins from the body.
  • Blood purification.

Ancient healers used amulets with moonstone to facilitate childbirth, explaining this by the property of the mineral to eliminate any pain and restore the functions of the pelvic organs. According to them, constantly wearing the gem helped to normalize the movement of fluids throughout the body.

The mineral is capable of having a strong impact on the psycho-emotional state of the owner, helping to control fears, pacify aggression, and restore good mood.

PHOTO moon rock

Below we provide images of adularia to demonstrate what high quality natural moonstone looks like.

Pictured is a rainbow moonstone from Madagascar

The photo shows a set of oval-shaped moonstones

The photo shows adularia with pronounced blue iridescence (adulariscence)

“I will give you everything you want, even the moon from the sky,” say lovers all over the world, wanting to prove the strength of their feelings. Is it really possible to take and give your beloved not banal sweets and a bouquet of flowers, but a piece of the cold night luminary? Since ancient times, people have dreamed of this – to hold on to it, to find frozen moonlight on Earth, to understand the nature of the lunar mysteries, to get their own piece of the Moon. The prose of life tells us that in fact the Moon is just a satellite floating in the vacuum of space, not even a planet at all, but just a large dead ball, shining only with reflected light. But at the same time, the Moon has an amazing influence on our lives – and not only in the ebb and flow of the tides, but also in the behavior of plants and animals, changes in people’s moods, mysterious events that for some reason are inextricably linked with the lunar phases that people began to observe back at the dawn of time. And it is certainly impossible to explain rationally that one of the many gems reacts so vividly to the fact that the crescent becomes a shining white medallion, pinned to the black velvet of the sky, and then thins out until it disappears completely.

Moonstone – a type of potassium feldspar. Hardness 6,0-6,6 on the Mohs scale, density 2,6 g/cm3, silky, glassy luster. Another name is adularia, pearl spar, pearl spar, orthoclase, fish eye.

These properties of moonstone were noticed a long time ago – in ancient India, where precious stones received the closest and most partial attention. There are many legends about moonstone. It is said, for example, that a white spot appears on its surface, growing as the moon’s brightness increases until the full moon. The sages noted that during the new moon the stone becomes colder and seems to be filled with moonlight, beginning to shine noticeably brighter, and as the lunar disk decreases, the shine fades until the next new moon. How a piece of rock can so strongly reflect the course of the lunar month is still unknown, but in India adularia has become a sacred stone that brings happiness. For its unusual iridescent white color with a bluish or yellowish tint, it was called “spit of the moon” or “lunar foam” – they believed that these stones were the frozen tears of the lunar goddess; it has an iridescence and seems to have its own source of radiance within itself; it is always different, changeable, and subtly shimmers with all the colors of the rainbow. Perhaps that is why it was identified with the art of prediction – Chaldean magicians placed adularia under the tongue to see the future, and today occultists recommend putting a stone under the pillow to receive prophetic dreams. Moonstone was very popular in ancient times in the East, in Muslim countries, India, Burma and Ceylon; the great Avicenna mentioned it in his recipes as a miraculous remedy, and in Arabic texts the beauty of a girl is compared to the radiance of the moon. But in Europe it was “out of fashion” for a long time, although in the old days it was actively used by fortune tellers and magicians.

In general, the name “moonstone” often means not only moonstone itself, but also another iridescent mineral – belomorite, a spar-plagioclase, which is mined in Russia on the White Sea. Unlike adularia, belomorite is opaque, very soft and easily exfoliates, pearl-blue in color, the iridescence is often “zonal”, with pronounced stripe boundaries. Adularia moonstone is mostly mined in Sri Lanka, and is always cut in the form of a cabochon.

As a healer, adularia has a powerful effect on the body, which is why it is worn so that it touches bare skin. It relieves epileptic seizures, calms, stops outbursts of uncontrollable anger and aggression, normalizes sleep and provides clear and vivid dreams, and treats sleepwalking. The mineral is energetically connected with the water element and effectively removes stones, tumors, seals from the body, “washes out” toxins, and can alleviate the suffering of the patient even in the last stages of the development of a malignant tumor. It is useful for diseases of the kidneys, liver and biliary tract, jaundice, dysfunction of the endocrine glands and hormonal imbalance. Moonstone cleanses the blood and lymph, relieves swelling and inflammation, feverish conditions, improves heart function.

Energetically, adularia has been a love talisman since ancient times. A brooch or gold pendant with a moonstone (adularia, belomorite), worn at the level of the heart, will attract true love to you and awaken a deep reciprocal feeling in your soul; this stone is an excellent “therapy” against loneliness. It immediately reacts to the cooling of feelings: it fades, changes saturation.

Moonstone is filled with special power during the full moon – then it spreads waves of peace, tranquility, tenderness and love around itself. It is recommended to leave it on the windowsill on the night of the full moon so that it is “saturated” with the moon’s rays and restores the energy given to the owner. And in the first lunar days, the stone can strengthen the owner’s intuition, even to the point of clairvoyance. It is useful for people with a stormy, unstable temperament, conflict-prone, to wear an adularia in the form of a gold ring on their left hand – this makes them more tolerant, more sociable, calmer, and protects them from useless breakdowns and releases of energy “into the void.” On the right hand, such a talisman will be useful for those who pursue a creative path – writers, artists, musicians, designers; it awakens imagination and gives inspiration, revealing all facets of talent. At the same time, the adularian is very susceptible to human attention, responds well if the owner talks to it mentally or out loud, regularly looks after it or just sometimes silently contemplates it, in a word, does not treat it like a meaningless trinket. The stone is useless for rude, insensitive people – it develops the internal qualities only of those who initially gravitate toward sophistication, beauty, and creativity.

Moonstone – a talisman for those born on a full moon

This is a talisman of love that helps to pacify a strong mental and emotional state. It gives the owner the ability to beautifully and accurately express his thoughts, the gift of poetry, romantic artistic creativity, the gift of insight into the secrets of nature and the hearts of people. For lovers, adularia brings harmony, fidelity, understanding of each other immediately and even without words, and quite clearly reacts to cooling of feelings: it changes color and saturation, and can become dull. The stone increases luminosity during the full moon. It is a strong talisman for people with an explosive temperament, does not allow them to waste energy, and pacifies unconstructive outbursts. Adularia perfectly protects against the harmful influences of people and unpleasant entities, and clears space for its owner, especially if the owner often talks to the stone. For rough natures, adularia is almost useless, because he does not want to fight such manifestations, but strives to develop only those who go to this themselves, of their own will. This moonstone makes a person attractive, charming and sophisticated, giving the owner an inimitable charm and the ability to behave even in very unpleasant situations.

On the new moon, it is filled with a special chilling radiance, at this moment all its powerful magical power is concentrated in it. Its cold, gradually increasing glow stimulates daydreaming, imparts softness and tenderness, reduces internal tension, eliminates anger and excessive self-confidence. Heals from painful dreams. Particularly suitable for people born on a full moon, also on Monday (a day ruled by the Moon). Helps in love affairs. It must be worn in a silver frame. Helps its owner find the right solution. If you don’t know what to do, you need to take a moonstone, wait for the Moon to come out, and when its rays illuminate the stone, think hard about what you would like to do, and the stone will “suggest” a solution. Endows its owner with the gift of eloquence and persuasion.

He manifests his qualities most powerfully on Mondays. It is best to wear the stone on the neck or chest, or in a ring on the ring finger, set in silver. Astrologically, moonstone is most suitable for Cancer and Pisces, but it can also be worn by other zodiac signs.

Soft moonlight, flooding the city with a silvery veil and tracing shiny paths on the water surface – in its uncertain radiance everything seems different, ghostly-magical. And it’s especially strange – both eerie and pleasant – to stand at the window open to the full moon, holding a white a blue pebble that suddenly glows brighter under the moon’s rays, as if becoming one with a distant celestial body soaring in the night sky. The Queen of the Night silently looks down, peering, probably, into her earthly reflection, our small fragment of the moon on Earth.

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