What is Moonstone
Moonstone is composed of two kinds of feldspar, and the most common combination is Albite and Adularia. The Mohs hardness that Moonstone has is between 6 to 6.5. When tiny stone pieces or mineral composition in Moonstone are shown by lights, they interfere and diffract the lights that makes Moonstone look blue, this kind of effect is called adularescence. Not all the gem that has adularescence are Moonstone, this name is only for feldspars that has adularescence. The color of Moonstone can be white, yellow or green, and the color that appears by adularescence may be blue, silver white or light yellow, and among all of the colors, Moonstone which has the best quality is normally translucent with blue flow under adularescence effect. Moonstone looks pink under UVC while X-ray make it looks blue, this property can be used to identify Moonstone and other similar gems. Except putting Moonstone under these lights, it can also be identified by the centipede-shape inclusions that often appear in the Moonstone.
Legend of Moonstone
- Lots of Moonstone legends are related to Moon Goddess. Some legend said that Moon Goddess lives in the Moonstone, and when she changes her mood the color of Moonstone will change. There are other legends said Moon Goddess commiserates women so she gave Moonstone as a precious gift.
- Moonstone has a beautiful nickname called lover's stone. It is said to have some power that makes couples reconcile with each other, people who are single can find their Mr. or Mrs. Right if they wear Moonstone during full moon.
- In Hindu legend, Moonstone is made of moonlight and people in India view Moonstone as their sacred stone. If they want to show or sell their Moonstone, they have to put a yellow cloth under it, and if they want to store it up they also have to cover the gemstone with yellow cloth.
- People in Medieval centuries think that Moonstone keeps them safe when traveling, so Moonstone is also known as traveler's stone.
Origin of Moonstone
Moonstone can be found in America, Brazil, Australia and some other countries, yet Moonstone from Myanmar and Sri Lanka has the best quality and the bigger size, these ones are the best choices to become gemstones.