Adel loves hunting for the most beautiful moonstones and has always been enamored with this mysterious gemstone. During one of Adel's gem-hunting trips to Jaipur, a friend shared with him a story he now likes to tell. Imagine each moonstone has a hidden "genie" inside who plays hide-and-seek with the beholder. No two people see the same thing in one moonstone because it reveals different colors depending on the light, angle, and what it is reflecting. Interested in learning more about the moonstone? Read further to discover the history and mythology around the beautiful stone.
Types of Moonstone
The color of moonstones can be separated into two categories: body color and "adularescence" or sheen color. "Adularescence" is when the surface exhibits ever-changing, white reflections that give this gem a glow. The more transparent the body color and the more blue sheen, the higher the moonstone value.
Moonstone occurs in a wide range of colors, and the most popular ones are rainbow, blue, and pink. Rainbow moonstone is actually a variety of labradorite that shows a rainbow adularescence. Blue moonstones are transparent with a blue tone on the surface. The most desirable moonstones have an intense blue color. Pink moonstones range in color from beige and light pink to peachy hues. Moonstones are usually cut in a smooth cabochon shape to maximize the stone’s glistening effect.
History of Moonstone
The moonstone has been known for many years and admired by cultures that believed the stone was created from moonbeams. Moonstones can be found all over the world, but the stone was first discovered in ancient Rome, where the Romans believed moonstone to be formed from solidified beams of moonlight.
Because of its glow, Eastern cultures associated the gem with good luck. According to ancient Hindu mythology, moonstone resulted from a battle fought between Lord Vishnu and the demon god Bali. After Lord Vishnu destroyed Bali, pieces of the demon gold then fell to Earth as various gems. Moonstone was a fragment of Bali’s eye. Moonstone was also believed to be embedded in the forehead of the god Ganesh.
On the first expedition to Mt. Kilimanjaro in 1918, the largest moonstone - weighing between 300 and 450 carats - was found. Unlike some gems, which can only be found in very specific parts of the world, moonstone is mined in a number of places: Madagascar, Australia, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Germany, Switzerland, and India
Moonstone happens to be an alternative birthstone for June, along with pearl and alexandrite. The gemstone is also associated with third wedding anniversaries.
Our Moonstone Jewelry
At Adel Chefridi, you can discover a selection of moonstone pendants, earrings, and rings for any occasion, especially June birthdays. In fact, our Crown Set Ring was recently featured in a Forbes round-up of the best June birthstone jewelry. Here are a few of our favorite moonstone pieces that you can shop now or add to your wishlist.
Moonstone Tear Pendant
Our Moonstone Tear Pendant features a tear-shaped moonstone adorned with diamonds, aquamarine, and sapphire, and it's set on an organic shaped 18k yellow gold platform with hand engraving. Perfect for an evening out or special occasion, this pendant grabs all the attention. Shop here.
Two Tone Moonstone Pendant
Our Two Tone Moonstone Pendant is a mixed metal pendant featuring a cabochon moonstone, set in 18K yellow gold and surrounded by hand-etched silver. The Two Tone Moonstone Pendant is versatile for both day or night wear. This pendant is gorgeous on its own and can be layered with other simple necklaces. Shop here.
Summer Night Moonstone Tear Earrings
Discover a stunning pair of teardrop moonstones handset with embezzled diamonds and a small version of our Summer Night charm. The Summer Night Moonstone Tear earrings are perfect for celebrating the month of June and ringing in the summer season. Shop here.
Crown Set Teardrop Moonstone Ring
Looking to add a moonstone to your ring stack? Our Crown Set Teardrop Moonstone Ring is a beautiful 1.78 ct teardrop moonstone with a one of a kind setting and accented with diamonds. This ring brings effortless elegance to any look. Shop here.
The almost-transparent stone with a blueish shimmer has a glowing sheen in the presence of light and movement. If you're interested in acquiring a beautiful moonstone for your own jewelry collection, you can shop all our moonstone pieces here.