Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein
A birthstone for June, along with Pearl and Alexandrite, Moonstone is a feldspar mineral exhibiting a watery opaqueness and something called andularescence (a fancy way of saying there’s a soft glow of light appearing to float just below the surface, rather like that of the moon glowing through a thin cloud cover).
The state of Florida chose Moonstone as its state gem because of its association with the lunar landing, but really there aren’t any Moonstone deposits there. Rather, this mineral can be found in New Mexico, Brazil, India, Germany, Sri Lanka, Mexico, and Tanzania, among other locations.
Named for its moon-like sheen, Moonstone comes in soft shades of peach, gray, blue, and white. It’s relatively soft (6-6.5 on the 1-10 Mohs Scale of Hardness) but can be fashioned into pendants, earrings, or rings. Spheres and eggs are also popular.
Ancient Asian myth claimed the best blue Moonstones wash up in the tides every 21 years. Moonstones have been used in Roman jewelry for nearly 2,000 years (and longer in the Orient). In India, Moonstone is a traditional wedding gift. Europeans believe it reconciles estranged lovers.
Moonstone is said to help dancers and artists with self-expression and to promote sensitivity in psychiatrists and executives. The mineral is particularly beneficial for those battling weight problems, encouraging them to value themselves for who they are and helping them separate food from emotional needs. Moonstone is said to be beneficial for safe travel, particularly over water and at night.
Feng Shui practitioners believe Moonstone uses metal energy (the energy of intelligence, healing, and creativity) and should be placed in the northwest and west areas of a home or room. Position one in a child’s bedroom to eliminate nightmares.
Moonstone is the zodiac sign for Cancer (June 21-July 22) and is known for its calming qualities. Moonstones have been known to lose their silvery luster if worn by someone who continually holds anger within. They’ve become the stone of choice for a 13th-anniversary gift to counteract the evil influences of the number 13.
Moonstone is associated with the Crown Chakra (the top of the head), controlling how we think and respond to the world around us. A stone of intuition, Moonstone is prized for encouraging insight, easing stress, boosting creativity, promoting conception, helping the digestive system, and balancing hormonal cycles.
To charge your Moonstone, place it on a windowsill or outdoors overnight during a full moon. Cleanse it gently and store it separate from other stones which might scratch it.
Note: The claims here aren’t meant to take the place of medical advice. They’re based on folklore and other sources, and likely “work” best if one’s belief is strong enough!