Moonstone is made from the intermingling of two feldspar minerals, orthoclase and albite. As the newly formed mineral cools, the two minerals stack into thin, flat, alternating layers. When light hits these layers, it scatters it in all directions creating adularescence (also known as schiller), an optical phenomenon where the surface of the gemstone emanates a milky, bluish glow.
As the stone is turned the glow moves around like moonlit shimmering across the water. This effect gives moonstone its name.
The stone has a pearly and opalescent luster. It comes in several colors, including white, pale yellow, pink, green, brown, grey, and blue.
The moonstone is associated with the moon and the goddess Diana. It is a powerful stone for women. It is also associated with lovers. Early Romans believed moonstone contained moonlight.
Moonstone is sacred in India.
Magical and mystical properties include:
- bringing good fortune
- assisting in divination
- enhancing intuition
- bringing happiness in love
- helping with meditation
- helping to balance hormonal imbalances
- alleviating menstrual pain
- promoting fertility
- ensuring an easy pregnancy
- easing menopause
The most powerful time to use a moonstone is during a full moon.
If used by a woman, the moonstone should be discharged after each of her menstruations by placing it among tumbled hematite stones.
To recharge moonstone, place it on the windowsill during a full moon overnight. (In stone therapy, when using stones to heal, their energy is used up, requiring the stones to be recharged.)
This is a reference for fiction writers and should not be taken as medical or spiritual advice.