The Magic of Moonstone – History and Properties of Moonstone Beads

The Magic of Moonstone – History and Properties of Moonstone Beads

The magical play of Moonstone light brings a romantic, sensual and seductive feeling. Moonstone is translucent and softens the light that shines through it to give a pearly moon-like glow that looks different when the stone changes position. Years ago it was thought to be due to the phases of the moon. This shimmering effect is caused by light refracting in the stone and then scattering.

Moonstone comes in colorless, white, gray, and subtle yellow, but always has a blue or white sheen. Rainbow Moonstone is colorless with a blue sheen and a rainbow-like array of colors.

Moonstone Folklore

Mystery surrounds the moonstone. In India, it is considered sacred to lovers and is also known as the “dream stone”, bringing beautiful dreams. In Arab countries, women sometimes wear a moonstone as a symbol of fertility. It is also believed to be particularly protective for seafarers who have used it since ancient times. During the full moon, the moonstone is very powerful for reconciling love – and when the moon is waning, it is said to enable one to predict the future.


Feminine stone for women’s issues and the inner child – but also used by men who want to reach their feminine side and understand dreams. Moonstone brings confidence, calms emotions and supports spirituality and intuition. It is also believed to protect against fever, fluid retention and urinary problems. Its soft glow will support a person’s emotional and dreamy side. Wearing moonstone also increases your sensitivity to others.

Natural Moonstone

The classic Sri Lankan moonstone shines pale blue and is now rare, so expensive. Moonstone from India has a cloud-like play of light on a beige, brown, green or orange background – and some have a cat’s eye or multi-layered star. Natural uncut moonstone is matte without the play of light that is brought out by the skill of the cutter. Classic moonstones are always cut as cabochons.


The price of moonstone depends on many factors. Intense color and the larger and more transparent the stone: the greater the value. The high-quality fine blue moonstone exhibits an incredible three-dimensional depth of color that is only visible when the stone is tilted. Brighter colored Indian moonstones and opalite moonstone are less expensive.

Opalite Moonstone

Opalite moonstone is the most common today. It is a synthetic stone similar to real moonstone that has appeared recently. On a light background, the stone changes to a milky bright icy blue with a golden sheen of other colors. The pastel shimmer is soft and captivating. This opulence makes opals perfect for a night out on the town.

Opalite always looks refreshingly cool, whether it’s milky white or brilliant blue – perfect for summer jewellery. By being creative with your outfits, you can really have fun wearing this stone. A beaded belt made with opal, for example, can become the perfect summer accessory for a brightly colored evening dress.

Care for

Moonstone is fragile and must be handled with care. However, a jeweler can polish a tarnished moonstone back to its original luster.

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