Moonstone is the well-known gemstone quality of potassium feldspar. Its name is owed to the almost mesmerizing magical, bluish-white shimmer that resembles the sheen seen on the moon at night. The shimmer is the result of alternating layers of orthoclase and albite minerlas within the gem which causes interference of light as it enters the stone. The light is reflected back and scattered equally due to this interference, resulting in a fantastic schiller or sheen. The resulting sheen most commonly occurs in white, blue or blue-orange color and it appears with the cat's eye reflection.
The combination of adularescence and chatoyancy in a single stone is rare, and that to in a peach pink color natural moonstone is exceptionally rare.
Cat's eye moonstone is an extreme rarity in Moonstone Variety, that occurs in the same mines as other varieties of moonstone. The most important deposits are Sri Lanka and India. Sri Lanka is most famous for its highly desirable bluish colored moonstone and India is the leading source for 'blue-sheen moonstone'. Other important deposits include Madagascar, Mexico, Norway, Switzerland, Tanzania, Australia, Brazil, Myanmar (Burma), and the United States.
Cat's eye moonstone shares the same legend, powers and energy as other varieties of moonstone. Few gemstones have accumulated as much lore as moonstone. Moonstone has been known and revered for thousands of years by many cultures. According to Hindu legend, moonstone was formed from moonbeams, and at one time it was believed that if you held one in your mouth during a full moon, you would see your future. In India, moonstone is regarded as a sacred stone and it is widely believed to bring good fortune. In Arab countries women often sew moonstone into their garments, because it's considered to promote fertility.
In ancient Rome, moonstone was associated with the moon and it was speculated that the gem was formed from drops of moonlight. The gemstones were believed to possess the properties traditionally associated with the moon, which include legend of romance, femininity, intuition, dreams, emotion and love. Moonstone is highly prized among lovers as it is thought to arouse tenderness and passion. Those who possess moonstone are thought to be able to foretell their future life together as a couple. Moonstone is the official birthstone for June. Moonstone is associated with the zodiac sign of Pisces. Physically, moonstone is thought to alleviate the symptoms and pain associated with headaches and common muscular backaches.
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