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Moonstone is composed of two feldspar species, orthoclase and albite. The two species are intermingled. Moonstone can be numerous colours, including blue, grey, white, pink, peach, green and brown, as well as colourless. Many cultures also associate this gem with moonlight, and it’s easy to see why. Its internal structure scatters the light that strikes it, creating a phenomenon known as ado-lescence. The visual effect is reminiscent of the full moon shining through a veil of thin, high clouds.
History, mythology & legends
The Romans admired moonstone, as they believed it was born from solidified rays of the moon. Both the Romans and Greeks associated Moonstone with their lunar deities. According to Hindu mythology, moonstone is made of solidified moonbeams.
Traditional & emotional healing
Moonstone is used by healers to stimulate the functioning of the pineal gland and balance internal hormone cycles with nature’s rhythms. Moonstone is a stone of inner growth and strength. Though often considered to be a woman’s stone, it can be beneficial to men in opening the emotional self. It is especially protective of those who travel by night or upon the water when the moon is shin-ing.