What is Moonstone? Moonstone is a feldspar that shines with irridescent highlights called adularescence.
What are the types and colors of Moonstone? Moonstone comes in a variety of colors and the types of moonstone are known by their colors such as Rainbow Moonstone and Peach Moonstone. Moonstone can be transparent and translucent and comes in other colors including white, orange, gray and yellow. The adularescence always creates a blue or white shine on the stone. The clearer the stone and the bluer the highlights, the more valuable the stone.
Where does Moonstone come from? Moonstone is found all over the world in countries that include the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico.
What are the metaphysical properties of Moonstone? Because of it’s glossy moon-like shine, Moonstone has often being especially revered as a magical stone. Moonstones are said to bring good fortune and to balance yin and yang. In India, Moonstones are sacred. In fact, in the 1860’s, British Novelist Wilkie Collins penned a popular mystery called “The Moonstone” that told the story of a magical stone that was stolen from a shrine in India, but the “moonstone” in his novel was actually a Diamond.
How do I clean and care for Moonstone? Moonstone should not be cleaned with steam or ultrasonic cleaners. Using a damp, lint-free cloth is recommended. As with all jewelry, take care not to strike it against a hard surface. Moonstone’s cleavage patterns and hardness of 6 make it slightly vulnerable to cracks.