The Different Shades & Colours of Moonstone
June's second birthstone is the moonstone. The moonstone gets its name derived by A.G. Werner in 1780 due to the shimmering effect that occurs on the stone’s surface during light diffraction.
It is made of sodium potassium aluminum silicate and has a pearly opalescent look. Moonstone is translucent and comes in many colours of white and grey but also orange, green, blue, pink, brown and rainbow.
The Moonstone is also known as the stone of new beginnings.
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Fine moonstone is quite rare and becoming rarer. It is mined in Sri Lanka and Southern India. The rainbow variety can be found in India and Madagascar.
The Moonstone formation is composed of two feldspar species, orthoclase and albite. The two species are intermingled. Then, as the newly formed mineral cools, the intergrowth of orthoclase and albite separates into stacked, alternating layers. When light falls between these thin, flat layers, it scatters in many directions producing the phenomenon called adularescence.
The White Moonstone is considered a stone of the goddess, Moonstone is associated with the moon, the tides, femininity, and the subconscious. It is said to help sync the rhythms of lunar energy to the rhythms of a woman's body. A Crown Chakra crystal, Moonstone has long been the stone of love, fertility, intuition, magic, protection and hope.
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The grey moonstone is popular with shamans who often call them ‘New Moon Stone’ and focus more on their mystical aspects than anything else. Condensed in such a stone are the healing properties and love which make it important to healers as well.
Green moonstone is not as well known as rainbow or blue moonstone as it does not have the colour play, however it is still a beautiful stone. It usually has a slightly hazy or clear appearance an a pale green-yellow colour.
Its said to emanate power from the Heart Chakra’s vibration which leaves calming, healing, and reflective effects and makes the stone a prize for women who just believe in moving along the way of life.
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The colour of this moonstone usually ranges from brown to an exceptionally light peach. Peach Moonstone is a mineral that helps rekindle your passion for what makes you happy.
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The term pink covers colours from honey to beige to peach, ranging from translucent to opaque. The stone should have a white sheen and is often found with a cat's eye or star effect. This type of stone is often used in rows of coloured beads
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The conventional black appears differently with the silvery grey flashes when the stone is moved. Some of these stones feature peach lines from within, which is why you may find its association with the navel or sacral chakra.
Many researchers believe this stones psychic gifts can be developed due to the stone’s deep resonation within some supreme chakras.
The Rainbow Moonstone emerges from the empty orthoclastic inclusions and textures and has a milky patchy look. The reflection from the layers and inclusions generates a rainbow effect when the stone attracts light. This is a very common color play and is commonly used in silver jewellery
The scientific name for moonstone with rainbows is labradorite, and although the name is distinct from genuine orthoclase moonstone.
The blue moonstone with its floating blue color on the surface is transparent and crystal clear. The most desirable rocks are of the strongest blue colour.
India and Sri Lanka are the major providers of Blue Moonstone, but it can also be found in Australia, Brazil, and the USA.
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