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Moonstone

Although theMoonstone often is mentioned with the Rainbow Moonstone these two belong to two completely differnt families; While the Rainbow Moonstone is a form of Labradorite the Moonstone is a adularia mineral. They both have a incredible adularescence but the Moonstone laks the visible layers that the Rainbow Moonstone displays. We have two oval Moonstone cabs - one blue, one brown. You will find our range of Rainbow Moonstones later on the cabochon page.

 

Size: See below

 

In stock:  1 of each colour

 

Price:   USD 8.40 a piece

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Moonstone is a sodium potassium aluminium silicate. The most common moonstone is of the mineral adularia, named for an early mining site near Mt. Adular in Switzerland, now the town of St. Gotthard. The plagioclase feldspar oligoclase also produces moonstone specimens. Moonstone is feldspar with a pearly and opalescent schiller. An alternative name is hecatolite. Its name is derived from a visual effect, or sheen, caused by light diffraction within a microstructure consisting of a regular succession of two feldspar layers, orthoclase and albite (adularescence). The colour ranges from blue, gray, white, pink, green to brown. Moonstone has been used and that jewelry for centuries, even in ancient civilizations. The Romans admired it, as they thought that it was born from solidified rays of the moon. With booth the Romans and the Greeks, the moonstone belonged to its gods and goddesses of the moon (luna, lunar).

Deposits of moonstone occur in Armenia, Australia, the Austrian Alps, Mexico, Madagascar, Myanmar, Norway, Poland, India, Sri Lanka and the United States.

Although the Moonstone does not occur naturally in Florida, it is currently the state gem for Florida (to commemorate the Moon landings).

The Moonstone stands for love, strenght, hapiness and health.

 

 

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Latest update: 20 oktober 2015