Thursday, June 18, 2009

JUNE BIRTHSTONE - MOONSTONE

Another one of June birthstone is MOONSTONE. In Europe, Moonstone is the sole birthstone for June. Although in the U.S it shares that honor with Alexandrite and Pearl.

Moonstone is often called "the visionary's stone", it helps us see things move clearly.
This stone has shimmer which always looks different when the stone is moved. This is caused by the reflection of light from the internal structure, made up of alternating layers of albite and ortho clase feldspar. Thin albite layers give an attractive blue, thicker layers produce a white schiller. Stone of large size and fine quality are rare.

This unusual gem with its milky shimmer has been known for thousands of years, and has been revered by many cultures. In India it is regarded as a holy, magical gemstone widely believed to bring good fortune, and as a dream stone which bring the wearer beautiful visions at night.
The ancient Romans also associated Moonstone with the moon, they speculated that the gem was formed from drops of Moonlight. They considered the gemstones as possessing those properties traditionally associated with the moon: romance, femininity, intuition, dreams and the emotions.

In many cultures, Moonstone is strongly associated with love, believed to be calming, healing stone. Due to it's feminine associations it has also been said to increase a woman's fertility.

Moonstone also has a historical connection with travel. Once know as the "Traveler's stone", it was used for protection against the perils of travel. Moonstone is associated with all goddesses, but especially the moon goddesses.

The energy of moonstone is balancing, introspective and reflective. It is a stone for wishing and hoping as well as a stone for embracing the cycles of change. It brings flashes of insight, and stimulates intuitive recognition and help in applying intuitive knowledge in a practical sense.

ORIGIN:
Moonstone is found in Brazil, Germany, India, Madagascar, Mexico, Myanmar, Sri-Lanka, Tanzania and the United State. It belongs to the large mineral group of the feldspars, of which almost two thirds of all the rock on earth consist. The Moonstone is actually the feldspar variety known as "adularia", a potassium aluminosilicate of gemstone quality which is also found in the European Alps near the Adula Group.

THE SHIMMER OF LIGHT:
The shimmer of light come from the lamellar inner construction of the gemstone. Incident light rays are refracted and scattered in the stone. The unique light effect comes about, and it is this which makes the Moonstone so distinctive and so desirable.
Moonstone should handled with care for they are sensitive. The more intense in colour, the larger and the more transparent the more highly valued the Moonstone.

MEDICAL LORE:
Moonstone is said to soothe stress, anxiety, women's hormones/menstrual imbalance and lymph system. It enhances intuitive, sensitivity via feelings and help one to be less overwhelmed by personal feelings, allowing greater flexibility and flow with life.

COLOUR:
The most desirable colour of Moonstone is blue, but it also occurs in grey, white, pink, green and brown.

Stay tune for next week, for the third birthstone of June the ALEXANDRITE.

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