Posted on June 11 2020
Another beautiful gemstone for June birthdays is the Moonstone. Besides being a modern June birthstone, it is also the gem that is gifted in the 13th year of marriage and every succeeding 13 years after that.
This stone’s name arrived from a Roman historian named Pliny. He wrote about how the Moonstone color changes, “as the moon waxed and waned.” Thus, the gem became known as Moon Stone. The ancient Romans also believed that this stone depicted the image of the Moon Goddess Diana and used it in their jewelry. Consequently, the Moonstone became more and more valued up to Europe’s medieval period.
In the modern-day, the Moonstone gem is prized around the world because it exhibits an enchanting phenomenon called adularescence--a floating dance of light. The gem has bluish-white streaks, but when held up to the light, it displays a pearly glow. And when Moonstone moves, the beautiful iridescence plays like the moonlight beneath a thin veil of clouds.
In India, the Moonstone is a sacred stone. It is said to possess a spirit that brings good fortune. Hindu mythology claims that it is made of solidified moonbeams. For the Hindu, it is a gemstone that encourages concentration during meditation and is not allowed to be taken outside unless a holy man carries it.
It is believed that the Moonstone will bring the wearer great luck. Associated with love, this gemstone is said to bring prosperity, amplify passion and fertility, and balance the negative and positive sides of the mind. Well, I don’t know about you, but after the COVID 19 SIP, I need all the help I can get to balance both sides of my mind!
The Moonstone has also been dubbed as a traveler’s stone and a gem that can help predict the future. How that happens, I am not really sure?! But here’s even more good news--this June birthstone is said to heal a body by cleansing the digestive system, renewing blood cells, calming emotions, and opening the heart to new horizons. I am going to put my Moonstone bracelet on now!
Moonstone is not a hard stone and has poor toughness. It may crack when exposed to high heat. Therefore, ultrasonic and steam cleaners should not be used on the Moonstone gem. The best option for cleaning is warm, soapy water with a soft brush.
The most important locations for the moonstone birthstone are India and Sri Lanka, but sources also include the United States, Brazil, Madagascar, Myanmar, and Tanzania. There is an overabundance of jewelry made with Moonstone in India, and I have several pieces that will delight any woman. Take a look online at www.gemsofjaipur.shop. Just put Moonstone in the search bar and enjoy shopping. Of course, I’d love to see you on Thursday or Friday…so stop on by from 11-6.