As the name suggests, the Moonstone has been associated with the moon and is highly prized by many practitioners of crystal and stone healing, as well as some mystic religions. Known as the Goddess Stone, the Moonstone brings forth good fortune and success, promotes inspiration, fosters inner growth, strength, and inspiration, and soothes emotional instability.
Physical Properties of Moonstone
Crystal System: Monoclinic-Crystal-System
Chemical Composition: KAlSi3O8 (Potassium Aluminum Silicate)
Numerical Vibration: Number-4
Geography: Sri Lanka, Burma, Madagascar, Germany, India, Tanzania, Brazil, U.S., Mexico
Mineral Class: Silicates
Extra Grade: Beautiful combination of cream to orange color, opaque, < 10% Matrix
A Grade: Nice mix of cream to orange color, opaque, 10% - 25% Matrix
B Grade: Poor combination of cream to orange color, opaque, >25% Matrix
History: The Legend and Lore of Moonstone
Moonstones are said to be linked with the moon goddess. Ancient civilizations believed that moonstones are formed through the solidifying of moonlight while a spirit inhabits the stone. It is said that whoever wears the moonstone is blessed with wealth and wisdom, and will achieve victory in battle. The moonstone is at its most powerful during a full moon as the moonlight revitalizes it.
Its association with water led people to regard the moonstone to be an excellent protective talisman for those at sea, especially at night. The ancient Greeks called the moonstone Aphroselene after the goddesses Aphrodite (love) and Selene (moon).
Uses and Purposes of Moonstone
Moonstones are primarily limited to earrings, pendants, and brooches. It can also be worn set in rings but take caution as they are not as durable as other harder gemstones.
From ensuring bountiful crops to love, fidelity and passion, this versatile stone has a variety of uses. It has been used to cure insomnia, as protection from insanity and epilepsy, and was believed to help one make decisions when held with the mouth.
Moonstones are highly cherished by lovers. Couples in possession of these stones are thought to be able to foresee their future as lovers. Believed to arouse tender thoughts and passion, it is said that those who seek true love should hold the gem during a full moon while envisioning their love coming to them and then carry the gem until the next full moon. This merited the gem another nickname - The Lover's Stone.
Moonstone's Metaphysical Properties
Moonstones are known to aid the digestive system and support in the absorption of essential vitamins and minerals. Women like the moonstone for its ability to balance menstrual and hormonal cycles. It promotes conception, pregnancy, and childbirth making it ideal for couples who wants to start a family.
Its ability to soothe unrest and balance the emotions makes it an excellent stone for doctors, nurses, technicians and other healthcare workers. It keeps your emotions under control and assists in achieving a balance between heart and mind.
Working with the Sacral, Third-Eye and the Crown Chakra, moonstones encourages better decision-making and increases both intuition and insight. It helps manifest clear vision and greater creative abilities. Moonstone is the ideal stone for those who wish to connect to the different cycles one experiences in life.