Moonstone is named for its glowing sheen that resembles moonlight. Structural anomalies within the crystal formation create an effect of a floating light or sheen called adularescence. Moonstone can belong to different members of the feldspar group, especially Orthoclase and Oligoclase. Deposits of Moonstone exist in India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar , Australia, Madagascar, Tanzania, and Brazil.
Some ancient cultures believed the stone was created from moonbeams and thought to bring its wearer good fortune and feelings of love and affection.
Chemical Formula: Plagioclase Feldspars: (Na,Ca)Al1-2Si3-2O8
Orthoclase Feldspar: KAlSi3O8
Color White, Colorless, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Brown, Pink, Purple, Gray
Hardness 6 – 6.5
Transparency Transparent to translucent
Mineral Class Orthoclase, Oligoclase, and other members of the feldspar group
Metaphysical Properties associated with Moonstone
*All metaphysical or healing properties listed below are collected from various sources. The validity of the information is not guaranteed nor expresses the artist’s views. This compiled information is offered as a service for those interested in potential metaphysical properties and not meant to treat medical conditions.