History of use

What is the second name for moonstone?

Moon rock (adular) – belongs to the group of feldspars. The color is predominantly yellow, colorless and light gray with a bluish-gray or blue tint (iridization). In addition to iridescence in moonstones, you can find asterism, for example, in the form of a four-rayed star or the “cat’s eye” effect. The highest quality moonstone is mined in Sri Lanka [1] [2] . The main feature of moonstone is the bluish-silver shimmer that moves within the stone depending on the viewing angle. This phenomenon is called “adelarescence”, it is due to the fact that the gem consists of thin layers and plates that scatter light differently [2]. In addition to adularia, belomorite, which is a type of oligoclase with iridescence in pearl-bluish tones, is also called moonstone. Belomorite is used as an ornamental stone; it is practically not used in jewelry [1].

General information

The word “adular”, “adularium (adularium)” comes from the name of the highest peak of the Swiss Alps, Adula, also known as Rheinwaldhorn. Moonstone comes from the Sanskrit Jandarkand “chandra” and “kantha” translated means pouring out water during the moonlight. In Latin the stone is called “Lunarius (lunaris)” [2] [3]. Peak Adul (Rheinwaldhorn) was first encountered in the Swiss Alps [2]. Synonyms: aglaurite, fish eye, ice spar [4]. Moonstone from Africa

Materials

  • Color: white, peach, gray and blue.
  • Transparency: translucent, transparent, diffuse or milky.
  • Hardness: 6 on the Mohs scale.
  • Symbolism: Symbolizes intuition, femininity, protection and emotional harmony. It is a symbol of new beginnings and fertility, because it is associated with the energy of the moon [5].

Ennoblement and imitation

Moonstones are not refined, only a thin-film coating is applied to them. The coating is applied to enhance the blue glow, which is characteristic of the most expensive adularia [2].

To imitate adularia, a special type of glass (opalite) is used. Opalite imitations differ from moonstone in the absence of a bluish glow inside the gem. When a thin-film coating is applied to the imitation, it is difficult to distinguish it from real adularia [2].

Moonstone in the culture of the peoples of the world

Moonstone has an ancient history dating back to various civilizations and cultures. In ancient times it was considered a sacred stone and highly valuable. In India, for example, adularia is considered a sacred stone and is associated with the goddess Lakshmi, who symbolizes wealth, beauty and prosperity [5].

In Ancient Greece and Ancient Egypt, adularia symbolized fertility and femininity. Its luminous effect and mystical connection with the moon made it an object of veneration and was also used in ceremonies and rituals. Moonstone was common in Celtic culture, and the Celts used moonstone jewelry to attract protection and good luck [5].

In the Middle Ages, adularia was popular among royal families and European nobility. Its ability to reflect light made it desirable for insertion into crowns, necklaces and bracelets, and into jewelry. Moonstone was also popular during the Victorian era, where it was used to create elegant and romantic jewelry [5].

Main deposits

Moonstone is rare. The best moonstones are mined from metamorphosed rocks in Sri Lanka (Kandy, Ambalangoda, Dunbara). The Dunbara deposit is practically depleted, as are the Madras deposits in India and Mogok in Burma [1] [6].

In the United States of America there are deposits of adularia, which are associated with granite and rhyolite porphyries (Black Range in New Mexico) and metamorphic rocks (Harris in Virginia) [1]. Gems for commercial purposes are mined in Australia, India, Brazil, Myanmar, Tanzania, India, the United States of America (Virginia and Pennsylvania) and Madagascar [2].

Application

Moonstone is widely used in jewelry such as necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets, adding delicacy and mystery [5]. Jewelers consider it a valuable stone [5].

The British National Association of Jewelers and the Jewelery Industry Council of America recommend wearing jewelry with adularia for people born in June. In addition, astrologers believe that moonstone is suitable for everyone born under the signs of Libra, Scorpio and Cancer [2].

Adularia can protect its owner from the dangers that await him while traveling. That is why it is called the “travelers’ stone.” Moonstone helps the owner control the “ups and downs”, thanks to successful placement in biocycles [2] .

In lithotherapy, moonstone is used to treat indigestion, improve the appearance of the skin and the quality of the hair. Adularia works most effectively in the form of an elixir [2].

Care and storage

Adularia is not the hardest gem compared to other jewelry stones. It is susceptible to scratches, even from household dust. It is not recommended to wipe moonstone jewelry with a dry cloth. Steam and ultrasound should not be used to clean jewelry. Moonstone jewelry should be removed when using harsh household chemicals, acids, and bleaches [2] .

You can clean jewelry only in soapy water using a brush or a damp cloth. Moreover, the remaining soap solution must be removed under running water [2].

Literature

  • Adular // Encyclopedic Dictionary of Brockhaus and Efron: in 86 volumes (82 volumes and 4 additional). – St. Petersburg. , 1890—1907.

Notes

  1. ↑ 1,01,11,21,3Kornilov N. I., Solodova Yu. P. Jewelry stones. — 2nd ed., revised. and additional – M.: Nedra, 1987. – P. 161-162. — 282 p.
  2. ↑ 2,002,012,022,032,042,052,062,072,082,092,102,11Lagutenkov A. A. Gems. Large illustrated guide. – Moscow: AST Publishing House, 2019. – pp. 86-87. — 159 p. — ISBN 978-5-17-1099748-6.
  3. Bukanov V.V. Colored stones. Encyclopedia. – Prague: Granit Publishing House, 2008. – P. 299. – 416 p. — ISBN 5-94216-017-1.
  4. Bukanov V.V., Kulikov B.F. Dictionary of gemstones. — 2nd ed., revised. and additional.. – L.: Nedra, 1988. – P. 11. – 168 p. — ISBN 5-247-00076-5.
  5. ↑ 5,05,15,25,35,45,5 Moonstone – zodiac signs, properties, care and history(undefined) . LunaLu. Date of treatment: June 13, 2024.
  6. Solodova Yu. P., Andreenko E. D., Granadchikova B. G. Determinant of jewelry and ornamental stones: Directory. – M.: Nedra, 1985. – P. 91. – 223 p.

The layered structure is responsible for the extraordinary optical effect – iridescence. This is the radiant shimmer that has made the stone so popular. In ancient times, people believed that this silvery stone was nothing more than solidified rays of the moon. Indeed, when looking at the mineral, you might think that you are holding a glowing piece of a mysterious planet in your palm.

Physical properties of moonstone.

  • Formula: KAlSi3O8.
  • Syngonia: monoclinic.
  • Hardness (Mohs scale): 6- 6,6. (On a scale from 0 to 10, where 10 is the hardest stone, diamond).
  • Density: 2,6 g/cm3.
  • Brilliance: glassy, ​​silky.
  • Luminescence: faint bluish.

Moonstone is typically white in color and has a beautiful translucency. Its sphere is seemingly voluminous, with silvery tints and sparkling on the surface and milky stains inside. Thin plates on the surface of the mineral are layered on top of each other, which gives the effect of overflow – “iridization”. Dark inclusions are often found, which also add a certain zest to the stone. Sometimes moonstone has a star pattern and a cat’s eye effect.

This mineral is quite fragile, sensitive to shock and damage. Moonstone is most often cut into cabochons, which makes it possible to display the beautiful sphere of the mineral.

History of moonstone (adularia).

Name of the stone “adular” originated from the Adula mountain range in Switzerland, where the mineral was found. Sometimes the stone is called “pearl spar” and “fisheye”.

Adularia has been known since ancient times. Its cold flickering was associated with the mysterious Moon, so people in ancient times believed that it was a small piece of the silver planet. In India, for example, it is a mascot for moon worshipers.

Moonstone is often found on the pages of works of art. The most famous of them is the novel Wilkie Collins “The Moonstone”. However, the hero of this novel was not the adularia, but a diamond with a yellowish tint.

Deposits of moonstone (adularia).

Moon rocks are found in Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Madagascar, Tanzania and the USA. In India There are minerals with a star effect.

How to care for moonstone jewelry.

Pay attention to the hardness of moonstone on the Mohs scale: it is only 6 points, which indicates that the mineral is quite fragile. Feel free to wear jewelry with moonstone, but treat it with care: do not wear it to the gym or on the beach, remove rings with it before washing dishes or doing other household chores.

It is better to store the moonstone in a separate bag or box to avoid exposure to other jewelry and protect it from scratches. Clean the moonstone in warm water and soapy water using a soft flannel cloth.

Magical properties of moonstone.

Moonstone is one of the most mysterious minerals, covered in legends and traditions. In ancient times, people believed that this was a small piece of the moon, and even today many believe in the close connection of the mineral with this planet. Magical the strength of the adularian increases significantly during the full moon. Therefore, it is recommended to place a pebble on the windowsill at this time so that it is saturated with the energy of the Moon. If you are experiencing the full moon negatively, suffer from anxiety and insomnia, then adularia will definitely help you overcome unpleasant sensations. It is believed that he absorbs the negative energy of the planet. Also, if you put a moonstone under your pillow, you can see a prophetic dream.

Moonstone attracts life mutual love.And if you have already met your soul mate, then it will become an excellent talisman for relationships: it will protect feelings, set both lovers up for mutual understanding, and help remain faithful in a couple. They say that when love passes, the moonstone becomes dull and pale.

In addition, adularia calms, brings prudence and tenderness. This mineral makes people softer and dreamier, it relieves irritation, calms anger and aggression, brings harmony and tranquility to life.

Adularia, in addition, gives the owner gift of eloquence and beliefs. Like citrine, it is often worn during important public appearances.

Healing properties of moonstone.

Moonstone helps relieve renal colic, treats kidneys and urinary system, weakens jaundice and epilepsy. Also, he heals depression and bad mood, helps to find harmony and tranquility. It copes very well with insomnia. If you are suffering from edema, then wearing moonstone jewelry will help overcome this problem.

Who does moonstone suit according to their zodiac sign?

Moonstone suits water signsCancer and Pisces. Also, if you were born on Monday, it will become an excellent amulet, because it is the first day of the week that is ruled by the Moon.

The moonstone should be framed only in silver: This metal is ideal for the mineral due to its softness.

The inner glow of the moonstone is so mesmerizing that it is impossible to take your eyes off! This mineral is not striking in its brightness, but is rightfully considered one of the most beautiful and delicate. The soft shimmer of bluish-silver light in a transparent sphere is simply incredibly beautiful!

Moonstone can be worn as a solo piece of jewelry, or combined with various minerals, because it matches the color scheme of almost every precious stone. Jewelers from the Milana Silver company create incredibly beautiful products where moonstone appears in tandem with kyanites, amethysts, and other minerals. You just need to choose “your” decoration and enjoy it for many years!

Author: Anna Solovyova.

Photographer: Inna Kubareva.

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