Moonstone is one of the most mystical stones as it connects us to both the earth and the cosmos. It’s natural ability to create shimmering optics that mimic the moonlight make it a unique and magical stone that has us wonderstruck. As a commonly sought after stone, Moonstone has made its mark on modern day society. But, what are the secrets of Moonstone?
As one of the most naturally beautiful stones, Moonstone has put a spell on all of us! Scientifically, Moonstone’s ability to reflect light and create colorful optics has us searching textbooks for answers. And spiritually, the mystery of Moonstones connection the divine, the moonphases and our intuition has us in a state of wonderment. In all our curiosity, we’ve discovered 5 facts about Moonstone that we think you need to know!
1. Moonstone is a birthstone of June
Did you know there are 3 birthstones for the month of June? They include Pearl, Alexandrite and Moonstone. In 1912 the National Association of Jewelers of America declared Pearl and Moonstone the two stones of June. Later in 1952, Alexandrite was also introduced as a June stone so that people could have more accessible jewelry options.
During the month of June, the full moon is known as the ‘Strawberry Moon.’ At this time, the earth is blooming and themes of love and fertility are strong. Moonstone is also a symbol of love and fertility, making it perfect for June! As the sun is at it’s peak strength this month, connecting with Moonstone can also bring us balance too.
To learn more about the June birthstones, check out our article on that topic here.
2. Moonstone is a type of feldspar
Feldspar is the name of a common group of rock-forming silicate minerals that make up over half of the earth’s crust. All minerals within the feldspar group fit a generalized chemical composure which make them identifiable to this group.
Moonstone is composed of two feldspar minerals called orthoclase and albite. According to geologyin.com, the process that occurs after these two minerals mix and cool creates the adularescence that is unique to Moonstone. They state that, “…as the newly formed mineral cools, the intergrowth of orthoclase and albite separates into stacked, alternating layers. When light falls between these thin, flat layers, it scatters in many directions producing the phenomenon called adularescence.”
3. Moonstone gets its name from its appearance
This stone gets its name from it’s appearance: a bright aura of light beneath a cloudy exterior. As we mentioned above, the adularescence in Moonstone creates a light affect that is reminiscent of moonlight; this adularescence can create different shimmers, colors and visuals of light. It’s a stunning phenomena that is unique to Moonstone, giving it its beautiful and cosmic name.
4. There are more than 5 types of Moonstone
Due to the structure of Moonstone and it’s adularescence effect, this stone can be found in a variety of colors. Each color is naturally formed meaning it is organic and not man-made or dyed.
Moonstone colors can include:
Interestingly, Labradorite is often confused with Rainbow Moonstone because of its feldspar composure and its stunning ability to create reflections of light. This is one reason we love to pair these two stones together in our rings, because they compliment each other perfectly! Check out our Moonstone and Labradorite collection here.
5. Moonstone symbolizes the Divine Feminine
Moonstone is an incredibly feminine stone with its layers of soft light unfolding into crystal clarity. Moonstone connects us to the cycles of the moon and the cycles of the feminine. It also symbolizes passion, curiosity, intuition, inner knowing and change.
This is the perfect stone to use when connecting to your own inner divine feminine and the more feminine aspects of nature. Wear Moonstone as you get to know your own rhythms and cycles and allow this stone to deepen your awareness of your own intuition.
6. Moonstone is water safe
Luckily for us, Moonstone has a hardness of 6-6.5 on Mohs Scale of Hardness. This means, that it can be submerged into water for short periods of time and is scratch resistant. Though, Moonstone is a bit porous so we recommend not leaving it in water for long periods of time; it’s also best not to submerge Moonstone in salt water. But, it is definitely safe to wear your Moonstone ring as you swim in fresh water under the light of the full moon!