Rainbow Moonstone

How Is The Moonstone Made ?

History :-

Particularly popular in Art Nouveau jewelry around the turn of the 20th century, moonstone was a favorite of French goldsmith Rene Lalique, who featured moonstones in many of his nature-inspired works. Around that same time, for Christmas of 1906, Ernst Ludwig, Grand Duke of Hesse, gave his wife Princess Eleonore a magnificent Russian tiara featuring garlands of moonstones and turquoise curled around a diamond base. She no doubt enjoyed it for many years until November 1937, when many members of the royal family died in an airplane crash. The tiara was aboard that flight, but because it was in a strongbox, it survived the crash and is housed in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. While moonstone is now regaining popularity in jewelry, it has been used in other decorative ways for thousands of years. In modern-day Sri Lanka, important buildings often have large half-moon-shaped steps, historically referred to as “a moon stone.” This is a throwback to the ancient Sri Lankan tradition of tiling steps with moonstone mosaics at Buddhist temples, such as the Moonstone Temple in Anuradhapura. Built in 100 B.C., only the temple ruins remain, the moonstones long since stolen. Moonstones are considered sacred in India and are, therefore, displayed only on yellow cloth because yellow is considered to be a holy color.

Origin :-

When looking at a moonstone, it’s easy to understand how the shimmering stones got their name. Their almost iridescent whiteness seems to glow like a full bright moon on an icy winter’s evening. Moonstone was once known as “adularia,” a name taken from the town of Mt. Adularia, in the Adula Mountains of Switzerland, one of the first moonstone sources. This is also the origin of the word “adularescence,” the shimmering play of light that moves across the surface of a moonstone when it is turned.

Learn More :-

Phenomenon: Adularescence Moonstones are the only gems that display adularescence, the shimmering light that plays over the surface of the stone. Adularescence exists in moonstones because they are actually made up of two feldspar species, orthoclase and albite. While a moonstone forms in the heat of the earth, the two species are mixed, but as it cools, they separate into stacked layers. Light reflecting off the layers of orthoclase and albite (which have different refractive indexes) creates the phenomenon of adularescence. When cut en cabochon, moonstones can also display asterism (a star) or chatoyancy (the cat’s-eye effect). Learn more: Tiny inclusions known as “tension cracks” that are characteristic of moonstones are called “centipedes” because they look like tiny centipedes with multiple legs. Along with pearl, moonstone is a birthstone for June.
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