Moonstone is a flashy member of the Orthoclase Feldspar family, a cousin to Labradorite and Sunstone. It sits at a 6 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness.
Ancient Romans believed that Moonstone was solidified rays of the moon, and both Romans and Greeks associated Moonstone with lunar deities. Moonstone is actually found in many colors including peach, white, and black, but the Rainbow Moonstone is the only one that displays a vibrant blue flash when cut properly.
Moonstone is said to be the stone of new beginnings and divine feminine energy. It is thought to be connected to the moon, and shows a person that just like to moon has a cycle, so does life.
- Moonstone is the official "State Gem" of Florida, USA
- Moonstone is said to encourage lucid dreaming, particularly at the time of the full moon
- Moonstone is commonly associated with feminine energies and problems connected with menopause, menstruation, childbirth, and pregnancy
- Ancient Greeks called Moonstone Aphroselene in reference to (and in honor of) the goddesses Aphrodite and Selene
- Moonstone's extraordinary glow is called "adularescence". This optical phenomenon is created by light reflecting off of thin layers of different Feldspar minerals within the Moonstone, these layers act as a diffuser to the light creating a soft glow.