Moonstone’s delicate beauty and long established heritage makes it perhaps the most well known gem quality feldspar in the mineral group of orthoclase. It is composed of two feldspar minerals, orthoclase and albite, separated into stacked, alternating layers.
When light falls between these thin flat layers, it disperses in many directions producing the phenomenon called adularescence. Adularescence is the light that appears to billow across a gemstone, giving it a glowing appearance.
Moonstone typically occurs with translucent clarity. Noticeable streak like inclusions are commonly distributed throughout the gemstone crystals.
Perhaps the most captivating aspect of adularescence is its appearance of motion. The misty light seems to roll across the gem surface as you change viewing angle.
This characteristic is extremely well suited to our sculptural designs where the flowing light along the metal surface seamlessly transitions in the movement of light to the gemstone.
The name “moonstone” was coined by the ancient Greeks to describe its similarity to the moon’s ethereal silvery light. According to Hindu mythology, moonstone is made of solidified moonbeams.
Moonstone has also been very popular in crystal healing to help maintain calm and avoid overreaction. It brings hope, enhances feminine energies, sensitively, intuition and psychic abilities. It is also said to bring strong energies of abundance to one’s life and is associated with love of all kinds.