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Moonstone Earrings

Steven Kretchmer Deco Drop Earrings in 18K yellow gold, Midnight Blue platinum, Moonstone, diamond.

 

The moonstone is almost as ancient as the moon itself.

The moonstone is believed to bring good fortune and is regarded as a sacred stone in India. It is never displayed for sale there, except on a yellow cloth, as yellow is an especially sacred color.

As a gift for lovers the moonstone takes a high rank, for it is believed to arouse the tender passion, and to give lovers the power to read in the future the fortune, good or ill, that is in store for them. To gain this knowledge, however, the stone must be placed in the mouth while the moon is full. (Marbodei, “De lapidibus,” Friburgi, 1531, fol. 51.)

Moonstone is known as the Traveler’s Stone for the protection it affords, especially at night, and because of its uplifting quality of hope. According to Hindu mythology, moonstone is made of solidified moonbeams.

Moonstone engagement rings were popular in Victorian times and in jewelry from the “Art Nouveau” period.

Moonstone is a variety of Orthoclase Feldspar with a Mohes hardness of 6 and is cabochon cut, carved, cut into beads or sometimes faceted.  Its internal structure scatters light and creates the shimmering effect known as the phenomenon adularescence, the billowing light just under the surface of the stone. If oriented and cut correctly the stone may also display chatoyancy, which is the cat’s eye affect.

The highest quality moonstone has a colorless, transparent body color and blue adularescence. (Rainbow Moonstone)

Moonstone is typically colorless, but it can occur in a wide range of colors, including gray, mocha brown, yellow, orange, green, pink, blue and white. It most often exhibits a white to bluish-white sheen, but other sheens can occur such as silvery and blue-orange.

Sources include India, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka.

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