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Moonstone

Moonstone belongs to the feldspar group of minerals. Feldspars display a pearly and opalescent colour and are one of the most prevalent minerals found in the Earth’s crust.

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Facts

SPECIES/GROUP: Feldspar

CLASSIFICATION: Gemstone

Name

The name is inspired by the gemstone’s light effect, reminiscent of moonlight shining through clouds.

Sources

Moonstones are predominantly found in India and Sri Lanka.

PROCESSING

Cutting and polishing.

APPEARANCE

They are available in various colours. All display a light effect called adularescence, which is unique to feldspars. Pandora uses grey moonstone.

CARE RECOMMENDATIONS

Avoid rough handling and store separately to avoid scratches. For additional care information, please visit our care guide.

Durability

Moonstone has a hardness of 6-6.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness. However, it has poor toughness and is susceptible to damage from ultrasonic cleaning. It is not recommended to expose a moonstone to ultrasonic cleaning.

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MYTHOLOGY & ASSOCIATION

The moonstone is closely associated with the moon and according to a Hindu legend, moonstones originate from moonbeams. Today, they are still regarded as sacred stones in India and are widely believed to bring good fortune.

The ancient Romans also believed moonstones were actually droplets of moonlight, reflecting various elements: romance, femininity, intuition, dreams and emotions. The moonstone is strongly associated with love, making it a highly prized gift for lovers. Legends say that two people wearing moonstones will fall passionately in love when the moon is high, and lovers can use the gem to get a glimpse of their future life together.

Among other benefits moonstone is a calming, healing stone, with feminine associations and is said to increase a woman’s fertility. Like the guiding light of the moon, the moonstone is also connected to travel, known as the protective “Traveller’s Stone".

Other gemstones

Learn more about other stone assortments