Moonstone is an exciting gemstone alternative for its long history in jewelry, including ancient civilizations. Moonstone has said to be associated with lunar deities by Romans and Greeks, while it is mentioned in the stories from King Arthur period. Moonstone became popular again during the Art Nouveau period (1890-1910 in Europe and the USA) and many pieces from the era are now in the museums around the world.
Moonstones are cut as cabochons to reflect a sheen of light from the surface. This is brought out by precise cutting of the raw gemstone. Moonstone from Myanmar exists in white, silvery color.
Moonstone is said to be the stone of inner growth and strength, like resilience or compassion. It is to calm emotional volatility and stress, stabilising emotions and providing tranquillity. In love and business Moonstone is believed to boost intuition, inspiration, success as well as good fortunes.
Moonstone hardness (resistance to scratches) is 6 (max 10), making it little bit fragile gemstone to wear in jewelry. To avoid any damage on moonstone, it is best to be set in pendants and earrings. That said, it makes a beautiful ring. Just avoid scratches and knocks.
Moonstone is a June birthstone.