Moonstone is a beautiful shimmery stone that has always been surrounded by a great deal of magic and mystique. It is even regarded as holy in many cultures. In India, it is regarded as a “dream stone” that brings its wearer beautiful visions during the night. In Arabic countries, it is sewn into the garments of women, as it is believed to bring fertility. The Greeks and Romans associated it with their lunar deities. The most classic specimens come from Sri Lanka, but moonstone has also been found in Australia, Brazil, Myanmar, Madagascar, the United States, and other locations. It is made up of orthoclase and albite– two species of feldspar. In its creation, these feldspars are intermingled and then separate into stacked and alternating layers as the mineral cools. These stones are almost always cut as cabochons, but sometimes they are also made into cameos and/or engraved. For centuries, they have been used in jewelry. Their famous mysterious shimmer (or “adularescence,” as it is called in the trade) is mostly brought to bear by the skill of the cutter. Moonstone is a sodium potassium aluminum silicate that exists in numerous colors and exhibits a specific gravity of 2.61, a white streak, an opalescent luster and an uneven to conchoidal fracture. Its Moh’s scale hardness of 6 means that it must be handled with care.
Moonstone is associated with the moon (of course), the element of wind, the 13th wedding anniversary, the third eye and crown chakras, the zodiac signs of cancer and sagittarius, the months of April, June, August and October, and the state of Florida (although it does not occur there naturally). It is believed to give off energies of luck, power, healing and love. Simply keep moonstone with you or wear it in the form of jewelry in order to allow it to influence your vibrational energy. This may entail protection at sea and on land, success in matters of business and love, incoming of inspiration, enhancement of intuition and the personality, increased ability to foretell the future, and overall good fortune. It is said that you can guarantee passion in your relationship with your lover forever if you gift him or her with a moonstone necklace during a full moon. Moonstone is also believed to be a great aid in meditation and an excellent stone for teenagers and women, in particular.
In the world of physical healing, crystal healers have used moonstone to maintain the biological rhythms of the body, bring balance to the endocrine system, reduce fluid retention, promote growth in children and teenagers, slow degeneration of the body due to the aging process, enhance nutrient assimilation, eliminate toxins, and treat insomnia and conditions of the digestive system, eyes, skin, hair and fleshy organs. Additionally, it is believed to have a profound effect on the female reproductive system, easing menstrual and menopause problems, increasing fertility, facilitating healthy pregnancy and childbirth, and more.