KAlSi3O8 - Potassium Aluminium Silicate
Moonstones come in a variety of colors. The body color can range from colorless to gray, brown, yellow, green, or pink. The clarity ranges from transparent to translucent. The best moonstone has a blue sheen, perfect clarity, and a colorless body color. It is often worn in rings, pendants or bead necklaces. More on...
Colors: Colorless, white, yellow, orange, and gray. It always has a white or blue sheen.
United States astronauts Neil Armstrong and "Buzz" Aldrin landed on the moon July 20, 1969, preparing for man's first personal inspection of the lunar surface. Since the Apollo 11 and all other manned spaceflights had blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Brevard County, it came as no coincidence that the State Legislature sought to memorialize America's unprecedented international, scientific and technological triumph.
Therefore, ten months later, May 20, 1970, Florida lawmakers passed and sent to the Governor a bill adopting the moonstone as the official State Gem.
Ironically, the moonstone is not found naturally in Florida... nor was it found on the moon.
Care and Treatment
Moonstone has a hardness of 6.
Specific Gravity: 2.55 - 2.58
Soothes & balances the emotions; helps eliminate fear of "feeling"; encourages inner growth & strength; aids peace & harmony & psychic abilities; aligns vertebrae; digestive aid.
Moonstone is found in Brazil, European Alps, India, Madagascar, Mexico, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and USA (Pennsylvania and Virginia). Sri Lanka has the highest quality moonstones.
Star Stone Months
In India, moonstone is regarded as a sacred stone. It is believed to bring good fortune.
Legend says that Moonstone is a highly prized gift for lovers as it arouses tender passion.
Moonstone is the US State Gemstone of Florida and New York.