Love for coloured stones Moonstone jewellery. As anyone who is familiar with my jewellery will know, my passion for semi precious stones knows no bounds.
While spending weeks in India working on samples and production, the highlight for me is always sourcing new stones. With every trip I like to feel I learn something new. On my last trip I came across rough cut Moonstone. This is a stone I have used many times without thinking about where it comes from.
Moonstone has proved to be a popular stone for centuries, and usually it is set as a faceted or cabouchon stone. Moonstone is a milky opaque stone with some ‘blue fire’, quite often in a medium quality stone there will be tiny specks of black. This is because Moonstone in it’s rough, natural state comes with a natural black crust.
It can help seeing the stones in the rough state to understand how the stone could look once it has been cut. Even in the ‘rough’ Moonstone exhibits a wonderful iridescence.
Candy Pear Moonstone Earrings and Candy Pear Moonstone Ring
With these Moonstone pieces there are no little black specks, however personally I think the odd marking can add a natural interest and wouldn’t discard a stone for that reason alone. A slight imperfection can add interest to a piece of jewellery.
The Moonstone in these unique, designer Talitha Earrings are a good example of the ‘hint’ of blue fire that can be found in Moonstone.
Esme Necklace with Moonstone and Labradorite.
Moonstone has been used in jewellery for centuries, including ancient civilisations. Both the Romans and Greeks believed it was produced by the solidified rays of the moon, they associated this gem with their lunar gods and goddesses.
Both Labradorite and Moonstone are iridescent.