How did moonstones get their name?


An enchanting play of light emanates from the moonstone. In fact, it owes its name to this mysterious shimmer that changes with every movement of the stone and among experts "Adularescence" is called. In earlier times it was believed to be able to recognize the waxing and waning moon in this shimmer.

Moonstones from Sri Lanka, the classic country of origin of the moonstone, shimmer delicately light blue on an almost transparent background. Specimens from India have an enchanted interplay of light and shadow against a beige-brown, green, orange or brown background. These subtle colors make the moonstone in connection with the fine shimmer an ideal gemstone for jewelry with a sensual, feminine aura. This gemstone was very popular once before, a little over a hundred years ago during the Art Nouveau era. It noticeably adorns many of the jewelry creations of the French master goldsmith René Lalique and his contemporaries, which can now be found mainly in museums and collections.

These gemstones have a touch of mysticism and magic. In many cultures they are viewed as sacred and magical gemstones. In India, moonstones are also known as "dream stones" and it is believed that they bring beautiful dreams to those who wear them. In Arab countries, women sometimes sew eyes made of moonstone into their clothing. Here the moonstone is considered to be a Fertility symbol.

The moonstone symbolizes our being in its entirety. With its soft shimmer, it strengthens our emotional and unconscious sides. The associated associations make him one "Lovers' Stone" who should evoke tender feelings and strengthen the joys of love. In addition, wearing a moonstone is said to strengthen our intuition and understanding.

What are moonstones and where do they come from?

The enchanting gemstone belongs to the large mineral group of feldspars, which make up almost two thirds of all rocks on earth. The moonstone is actually the feldspar variety “Adular”, a potassium aluminum silicate in gem quality that can also be found in the Alps near the Adula group - hence the name “Adular”. Another synonym for moonstone is “selenite” from the Greek “selenites” (moon).

In its unprocessed state, the moonstone is rather inconspicuous and it is hard to imagine what makes its real charm: its mysterious glimmer of light. This shimmer only really comes into its own when the grinder has finished his work. Classic moonstones are always cut as a cabochon. The most important thing is the correct height of the stone. However, the grinder must also ensure that the axes of the crystal are precisely aligned with the zenith of the stone. This is the only way to create the desired lighting effect.

Traditionally, the classic, almost transparent moonstones with a bluish shimmer come from Sri Lanka. However, specimens have also been found in the USA, Brazil, Australia, Myanmar and Madagascar. Since bluish moonstones of good quality have been in short supply for several years, prices have recently risen sharply.

There have been some green, brown and orange specimens on the market for a number of years. Some moonstones have a cloudy color distribution, others are champagne colors. Black and reddish moonstones have also been found in India in particular. Some of the stones also have one in addition to the typical undulating light effect Cat's eye or a star effect. These stones are not only cut into cabochons, but also into artistic cameos. Some are also decorated with engraved children's faces, the moon or other symbols. They too have the typical light shimmer of the moonstone, just like the pearls that are formed from suitable raw crystals for gemstone necklaces.

Where does this strange glimmer of light come from?

The shimmer of light from the moonstone is something very special in the fascinating world of gemstones. Specialists call this phenomenon "Adularize". The reason for this is the lamellar inner construction of the gemstone. Incoming light rays are refracted and scattered in the stone. This creates a unique lighting effect that makes the moonstone so distinctive and so desirable.

But even the most beautiful gemstone has a weak point, and that is its relatively low hardness of only 6 on the Mohs scale. Because of this, moonstones should be extremely careful be treated. Smaller defects that can occur when wearing a moonstone for a long time can, however, be remedied quite easily. A jeweler can polish up a dull moonstone, after which it shimmers again as on the first day.

Three-dimensional colors and a seductive aura

When you buy moonstone jewelry you will amazing price differences determine. The more intense the color and the larger and more transparent the stone, the more expensive it is. Really high-quality blue specimens show an unbelievable "three-dimensional" depth of color, which the viewer only recognizes when the stone is moved in a playful way. Specimens of this species are highly valued because of their rarity and their prices are correspondingly high. On the other hand, the colorful Indian moonstones are not only very fashionable, they are usually also a bit cheaper than the classic blue moonstones. This shows that today everyone can choose their moonstone according to their taste and budget.

Moonstones are Treasures of nature with a sensual and seductive aura. Not only are they very happy to be looked at and admired; but also carried and moved a lot. Because only then can the soft shimmer of light that makes this gemstone so desirable can really come into its own.