The ancient Greek Goddess Diana is credited with creating the Moonstone for the Greeks or a gemstone named for its moon-like sheen, Moonstone is a Feldspar mineral exhibiting a soft, watery opaqueness and a silvery-white reflection. There is no historical reference the Greeks knew what modern science has discovered that gold will be found where the moonstone sets.
The cover photo shows two polished, bluish white Adularia feldspar minerals.
This author normally does not research mythical meanings. He just found this massive bluish mineral around a massive white quartz fault in a gold mining claim?
Frankly, this feldspar looks rather dull, dusty, streaked gray laying in the dirt or dusty, mineralized wall rock.
The second photo shows a clean gold deposit with no sulfuric acid typically to damage ecosystems by leaching out of the mine wastes into groundwater.
“The most common moonstone is of the mineral adularia. The plagioclase feldspar oligoclase also produces moonstone specimens. Moonstone is feldspar with a pearly and opalescent luster. An alternate name is hecatolite.”
“Moonstone is composed of two feldspar species, orthoclase and albite. The two species are intermingled. Then, as the newly formed mineral cools, the intergrowth of orthoclase and albite separates into stacked, alternating layers. When light falls between these thin, flat layers, it scatters in many directions producing the phenomenon called adularescence.”
This pretty bluish mineral does have a profound “mood stabilizing” effect and readers buying moonstones for families should contact me via email about their experiences with this basic pretty stone.
Since this is reportedly a woman’s stone; I will polish these gems for my wife, daughter and granddaughter. Then, Do some of my own mineral meanings research.
Here is two websites on mythical meaning of minerals.
Introduction to Meaning and Uses of Moonstone
“As ancient as the moon itself, Moonstone holds the power of mystery. Its secrets are locked beneath a pearly veil, and with them, our own hidden truths. Only within its reflected light can we begin to understand what it has to teach us. Moonstone is foremost a talisman of the inward journey, taking one deep into the self to retrieve what is missing, the parts of the soul left behind or forgotten, then brought to light. [Simmons, 267”
“Moonstone has been used in Roman jewelry for nearly two thousand years, even longer in the Orient. It has always been a sacred stone in India with a special significance for lovers, and is a traditional wedding gift there. It was a popular choice for jewelers in the Art Nouveau period, and in Europe was believed to reconcile estranged lovers and to cure sleeplessness. Moonstone is known as the Traveler's Stone for the protection it affords, especially at night, and because of its uplifting quality of hope, has long been worn as a talisman to enhance the personality. [Ahsian, 267][Mella, 91]”
“It is said if you give your lover a moonstone necklace when the moon is full you will always have passion with each other. Moonstone is a highly valued gemstone for these reasons:
- Brings good fortune
- Assists in foretelling the future
- Enhances intuition
- Promotes inspiration
- Brings success in love as well as business matters
- Offers protection on land and at sea “
“Moonstone is used by healers to stimulate the functioning of the pineal gland and balance internal hormone cycles with nature's rhythms. Moonstone is a stone of inner growth and strength. Though often considered to be a woman's stone, it can be beneficial to men in opening the emotional self. “
Geologically speaking there are two types of “moonstones” outdoors, but both are types of feldspars that. are placed during the last phases of geothermal fluid percolate through local rocks. Once the heat source is gone, the geothermal water and steam vapor with feldspars stops.
Feldspar differ by chemistry, just like peanut butter or chocolate chip cookies.
Adularia moonstone is an almost transparent pale gray or silvery white or blue shimmer. Oddly, It is nearly pure potassium feldspar.
And, white Albite moonstone is semi-transparent with a pale, shimmering reflection. It may be a little dull; but pearl-like. It is mainly sodium and silica feldspar.
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