The history of Moonstone is rich with mystery and myth. Moonstone’s name originates from its pearly and opalescent luster; it appears to glow like the moon. The ancient Romans believed moonstone was born from solidified rays of the sun. Both the Romans and Greeks associated the stone with their lunar gods and goddesses. In India, it is regarded as a holy, magical gemstone and also regarded as ‘dream stones’ which bring the wearer beautiful visions at night. In Arabic countries, women often wear moonstones sewn out of sight into their garments because moonstone is a symbol of fertility in their culture.
Moonstone is a variety of feldspar that forms in thin layers. As light penetrates between the layers, it is refracted and scattered in many directions to create its luminosity. Labradorite is another feldspar and similar to moonstone. This glow is known as ‘adularescence’.
Not all moonstone is moonstone. Much of the really opal looking, free from any imperfections, moonstone is actually “opalite”, a man made glass. Real moonstone is natural and will have slight imperfections and inclusions such as black spots.
Spiritual & Healing Properties of Moonstone
- Evokes tenderness, love and passion
- Balances hormones and eases emotion stress
- Brings things into focus
- Helps one to see themselves clearly, to get a total picture
- Assists in new beginnings and positive change
- Enhances creativity and self-expression
- Increases intuition, awareness and discernment
- Cleanses negativity from the Chakras
- Provides protection from the perils of travel