Moonstone comes mainly from Sri Lanka, but is also found in India, Brazil, Australia, Myanmar (Burma), Madagascar, Tanzania, and the U.S.
Moonstone is the gemstone name given to the mineral oligoclase (sodium calcium aluminum silicate), which is a feldspar mineral, a member of the plagioclase series of minerals, just like labradorite. Moonstone’s gleaming shimmer (called adularescence) is similar to labradorite’s flashes, except it is white instead of colorful. This effect comes from its composition of interwoven feldspars with different refractive indexes. Oligoclase with inclusions of hematite flashes red and is called sunstone.
Moonstone may be colorless, gray, brown, green, or pink and range from transparent to translucent.
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Moonstone is the modern and Tibetan birthstone for June, the Ayurvedic birthstone for September, a talisman stone for Gemini and Cancer, and the 13th wedding anniversary gemstone.
It’s easy to see that moonstone got its name from its sheen. Another name for moonstone is selenite, which comes from the ancient Greek goddess of the Moon, Selene. Ancient Romans and Hindus thought that moonstone was made of moonlight. Arabic women would sew moonstone into their robes to improve fertility.
Moonstone is thought to stimulate the pineal gland, balance internal hormonal cycles, and increase fertility. Also, called the Goddess Stone, it is valued as a woman's stone, a stone of inner growth and strength, and is used by men to get in touch with the emotional self.
It is said that if you give your lover a moonstone necklace when the moon is full, your relationship will always be filled with passion. Moonstone is said to enhance intuition, assist with fortune-telling, promote inspiration, and bring success in love and business. It is thought to help with dream-recollection and to prevent sleep-walking.
Gray moonstone is used to help remove blocks, orange moonstone for comforting, and white moonstone in balancing the yin-yang.