Moonstone owes its name to the white, almost magical shimmer that resembles moonshine. Blue-whitish light glides over the surface when the stone is cut en cabochon. Gemologists call this phenomena adularescence, which originates from the interior structure of the gemstone in scales or lamellas. Incoming rays of light are refracted inside the stone and scattered, creating a unique play of light, which makes moonstone so special and coveted.
Moonstone is the most well known potassium feldspar of the orthoclase species. A combination of orthoclase and albite arranged in layers cause the lovely sheen. Star moonstone is another excellent variety of moonstone. It comes in honey-colored, peach and green and exhibits a stunning cat's eye or four-rayed star effect together with its mystical sheen and glow. Star moonstones are rare but still sold at affordable prices.
What are some of the properties of star moonstone gemstones?
Moonstone is fairly soft, 6-6.5 on the Mohs scale, and is sensitive to pressure. It qualifies for lovely pendants or brooches only. In Arab countries women reportedly sew moonstone into their garments because it's considered a symbol of fertility.
What are good ways to use star moonstone gemstones?
Star moonstone is great for collectors or uses in numerous jewelry designs; such as necklaces, pendants, earrings, and rings. Moonstone, in particular, is surrounded by folklore and beliefs thus has many traditional reasons why people wear them.
The opals I ordered are absolutely beautiful, very fiery and well-cut. The pictures online didn’t do them justice. Shipping did take longer than expected (I chose the standard option), but the gemstones I received were definitely worth the wait.
I have purchased gems from Gem Select twice a year, for more than a few years.Gem select is the best place to buy gems. The selection and presentation are genuine. What you see is what you get, keeping in mind the carat weight, and measurements they have listed. Never have I been disappointed with any gem I have received from them. Nan
GemSelect has a great selection of smaller cabochons. Many other retailers do not. Plus, the photo of the stone is the one you are purchasing. Shipping from Thailand is nearly as fast as from within the US. Stones are tightly and neatly packaged.