Moonstone is technically a non-crystalline gemstone, composed of a blending of varying amounts of two different minerals, Orthoclase and Albite. Both of these minerals are variations on basic Feldspar, composed of Aluminum, Silicon and Oxygen, with a basic formula of AlSi3O8. Orthoclase adds Potassium to the mix, with a formula of KAlSi3O8, while Albite adds Sodium, with a formula of NaAlSi3O8.
These two minerals, in extremely thin, translucent plates, produce the bluish or silvery sheen which gives the stone the look of moonlight. This sheen is called “adularescence” or “schiller.” Thicker plates produce a silvery sheen, while thinner ones create the bluish iridescence in the most beautiful of the stones. Still other Moonstones, in a variety of colors such as blue, brown, green, grey, white or even yellow. These generally are comprised primarily of Albite, with little or no Orthoclase, and are less translucent than those with greater proportions of Orthoclase.
Labradorite, sometimes called the Black Moonstone, is a variety of Feldspar including both Sodium and Calcium added to the basic Aluminum-Silicon-Oxygen mix.
has always been revered because of its lunar attraction. It was believed that
the cycles of the moon were reflected in the iridescent shimmer (schiller or
adularescence) in the stone. It has always been considered a “feminine,” or
Men, too, however, receive great benefit from this stone.
The Moonstone helps to heal problems with the pancreas, pituitary gland stomach, spleen and the lymphatic system.
Emotional benefits derived from Moonstones include emotional balance and stability, stress and anxiety reduction. It helps to clear mental confusion, and is a potent aid in making calm, logical decisions.
Moonstone is a powerful tool for enhancing psychic abilities, and is useful for increasing psychic sensitivity. In meditation, the Moonstone helps one go into deep trance states. It is especially potent when used in meditations regarding the Goddess in Her Diana (Maiden), Selene (Mother) and Hecate (Crone) guises.
is always a stone of good fortune, especially when given as an exchange between
lovers. It helps to insure enduring
love, and helps reunite loved ones who have parted in anger.
It also protects those who travel on water.