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The moonstone has been used in jewelry since the time of ancient civilizations. This translucent kaleidoscope-like stone, with otherworldly rainbow flashes of light from different angles has long held observers in awe. The Romans believed it was an actual solidified ray of light from the moon. The Greeks attached the stone to their lunar gods and goddesses as well.
More recently artisans of the art nouveau period, at the turn of the 20th century, created large quantities of jewelry with the moonstone. Found mostly in deposits in Europe, the moonstone can also be sourced in Mexico and the United States. The enchanting moonstone finds itself the official gemstone of the state of Florida due to the Kennedy Space Center, although no moonstone naturally occurs there.
The ring to the left features a 5x7mm oval moonstone and 2 round diamonds all set in 10 karat yellow gold.
According to charmsoflight.com, “Moonstone is a stone of inner growth and strength. It soothes emotional instability and stress, and stabilizes the emotions, providing calmness. Moonstone enhances intuition, promotes inspiration, success and good fortune in love and business matters.”
The pendant to the right features a 5mm moonstone surrounded by 12 round diamonds on an 18-inch whisper chain all set in sterling silver.
While a creamy rainbow, almost alien, refraction of light is common in the moonstone, the most sought after examples will be glassy with an electric blue shimmer. The moonstone is not the strongest stone, rating between 6 and 6.5 on the Mohs hardness scale, so care must be taken with all jewelry applications. Common designs will set the stone lower in a setting surrounded by harder stones to protect the moonstone from knocks.
The ring to the left can be worn in so many ways! Wear it as a stackable or let it shine on its own, it is very versatile! This fashion ring is created in 10k rose gold with a blue moonstone center set in a vintage-inspired setting.
With moonstone having an affordability and availability not shared by other stones of such extraterrestrial qualities, the moonstone jewelry sits at the very top of the fashion market. To add to the affordability the precious metals will typically be sterling silver or various types of 10 karat gold.
Don't let the fashion jewelry popularity stop you, moonstone jewelry has been a time tested, symbol of love and protection and will continue to be for lifetimes to come. You can find moonstone rings, moonstone necklaces, earrings and bracelets in a variety of styles and metals right here on our website!