Moonstone is a variety of the feldspar-group mineral orthoclase. During formation, orthoclase and albite separate into alternating layers. When light falls between these thin layers it is scattered producing the phenomenon called adularescence. Adularescence is the light that appears to billow across a gem. Other feldspar minerals can also show adularescence including labradorite and sanidine.
The moonstone is characterised by an enchanting play of light. Indeed it owes its name to that mysterious shimmer which always looks different when the stone is moved and is known in the trade as 'adularescence'. In earlier times, people believed they could recognise in it the crescent and waning phases of the moon.
Moonstones from Sri Lanka, the classical country of origin of the moonstone, shimmer in pale blue on an almost transparent background. Specimens from India feature a nebulous interplay of light and shadow on a background of beige-brown, green, orange or brown. These discreet colours, in connection with the fine shimmer, make the moonstone an ideal gemstone for jewellery with a sensual, feminine aura. This gemstone was very popular once before, about a hundred years ago at the time of Art Nouveau. It adorns a noticeably large number of the jewellery creations of the French master goldsmith René Lalique and his contemporaries, mainly to be found in museums and collections today.
Since the planet moon controls the Mind, this Gemstone is excellent for meditation, calmness and serenity. If you will just take a Blue Moonstone and touch it over your eyes you will instantly feel a cool sensation.
It is an excellent Gemstone for emotional balance.
It is an excellent Gemstone for women as it has a positive impact on their hormonal balance. It eases pain during menstruation and childbirth.
Many cultures, it has been referred to as “The Lovers Gemstone “as it helps in finding true love.
It is excellent for unblocking of the Lymphatic System. It helps in balancing of the pituitary gland.