Moonstone: Gemstone Benefits and Properties
The Moonstones get its name from the ancient belief that it was made from the rays of the moon, after they cooled down on the earth surface. It has typically been used as jewellery throughout the ages, and its use has been re-invented by modern and post-modern art eras for its use in 'junk jewellery'.
This gemstone is basically the mineral feldspar – a sodium alumino silicate. It's majorly found in Australia and Sri Lanka, although it's been unearthed throughout the world. Sri Lanka is a major producer – and the stone is collected from alluvial streams. Some small hamlets in Sri Lankan villages have produced some of the best moonstones of the world – and in fact, moonstone 'farming' has removed a lot of unemployment problems of these villages. Even though usually white, this gemstone can be found in several other colours. The Blue moonstone is very popular for its beauty and effects. It's known for its unique 'moonshine' scattering of colours. Even though its use in jewellery is too well-known, a lot of people don't realize moonstone's industrial use as an abrasive and polish base.
Did you know? A 490 carat moonstone discovered in Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa is one of the largest moonstones ever discovered!
Properties of Moonstone Gemstones :
It calms emotions and promotes unity and harmony with people around. It enhances self esteem and creativity.
How to care for your Moonstone Gemstones:
Moonstone is relatively softer than other Gemstones. It should always be cleaned with soft brushes, and shouldn't be treated with chemical solutions or cosmetics.
Your Moonstone Gemstone might ro utinely carry negative energies, and the stone or ring can be detoxified by dipping it in water overnight.