Moonstone Buying Guide
by Seema Susheel
Moonstone is rare gem and is basically found in Sri Lanka, India, Burma and America. Moonstone is usually colorless but also is found with a silvery sheen and many colors like white, sky blue, pink and orange. This gemstone has a hardness of 6 to 6.5 mm which makes it convenient to be shaped in to many different kinds of ornaments and assures that it’s strong and durable.
Why is moonstone known as the moonstone, is it because of its translucent beauty which is similar to the tranquil beauty of the full moon or is it the cooling nature of moonstone that’s similar to the serenity that the sight of the moon gives us. The reasons maybe many but to have a moonstone as a pendant, earring, finger ring, beaded chain or bracelet is like beholding the beauty of moon close to you to cherish for lifetime.
Moonstone is rare gem and is basically found in Sri Lanka, India, Burma and America. Moonstone is usually colorless but also is found with a silvery sheen and many colors like white, sky blue, pink and orange. This gemstone has a hardness of 6 to 6.5 mm which makes it convenient to be shaped in to many different kinds of ornaments and assures that it’s strong and durable. Moonstone is a collector’s item as it’s not available in large quantity and hence you can get good quality and brilliant beauty for a reasonable price. Moonstone is distinctive and beautiful because of the shine it emits, the texture is watery and reflective. The stone looks different when kept in different angles; the moonstone surface observes and emits light differently in different angles. When worn as a beaded necklace or bracelet gives a stunning look as it moves with the body. The play of light with this beautiful stone gives it a magical shine. The soft pleasing color in combination to the impressive shine gives moonstone a more feminine character. It’s been widely used by jewelry designers worldwide to create fashionable jewelry for today’s woman who looks for variety in her jewelry collection. The amazing color range, the striking sheen, and the good quality of stone makes moonstone jewelry a fashion which is catching on fast.
Moonstone jewelry – different styles
The most popular moonstone jewelry is the finger ring. It’s worn as a finger ring because it’s aesthetic or because it suits a person zodiac and would bring luck. There are entire sets of matching moonstone earrings, finger ring, necklace, and bracelet, set in platinum or white gold with diamonds around giving the whole piece a stunning look. The simplest form of moonstone jewelry would be the ever popular single pendant, worn with a silver or gold chain the moonstone shaped as a sphere, pear, grape or a teardrop. This jewelry item is simple yet stunning. The moonstone pendant when worn would gel with the charms of a young girl and it would also supplement the dignity and confidence of a working woman. The moonstone jewelry suits all ages and people with different skin and hair color across the world
Moonstone- mystical properties
Moonstone according to Indian belief is believed to be sacred and is used as a talisman to protect against evil and ill happenings. The women folk are supposed to wear moonstone for fertility and protection during pregnancy. According to the Chinese lore moonstone is believed to balance the yin yang or to say in simple words the moonstone balances the positive and negative energies in a person leading him towards more peaceful and fruitful life. Moonstone is supposed to arouse passion and magnetism among lovers and hence it’s a popular gift between couples. According to Ayurveda moonstone is related to the heart chakra or to say it calms the fear and anxiety and changes these emotions into peaceful understanding and self confidence to face situations without getting all worked up mentally about it. Moonstone jewelry is been popular from the medieval times. There is a lot of excellent moonstone jewelry kept in museums in Europe telling stories of their usage by the royals of yesteryears. Moonstone embedded throne and elaborate neckpieces, charming brooches and finger rings all tell tales of the passion the royals had for moonstone jewelry. The moonstone had smitten them with its shine.
How to go about buying moonstone
The most comfortable place to buy moonstone is through web. You have wide variety of unset moonstone which you can buy online and make the jewelry of your liking. You can even go for moonstone set in jewelry and can find interesting pieces for a reasonable price. You will have to devote a little time towards surfing the net to choose the right website where in you will make your purchase. The website should have a user friendly, pleasing site look and a good range, many options and lot of business going on online. The most important is the customer support they provide and the assurance that your purchase reaches you safely on time. For first time jewelry buyers on net, it’s a little difficult task to choose the right website and the anticipation till you receive the buy on your hand is killing. The difference in monitor settings and color can change the way a gem is pictured in a website. In reality you might not receive the color that you thought you ordered. As nothing can be done with the picture color and the actual not matching you should purchase from a site which assures that it sells only high quality and color gemstones. There should be a hassle free processes of returning back the purchase if you are not satisfied. The site should offer guarantee and give you entire information on the moonstone jewelry you buy. You have the right to know how much you are paying for what.
For people who have a little more time at hand, shopping personally in a reputed jewelry shop is a comfortable idea. You get to see and feel what your eyes choose out of a lot, in set or unset moonstone. You could select an unset moonstone, give the design you like and discuss the price and place an order. The jewelers dealing with the trade of gemstones keeps a range of different shapes, color and quality of the gemstone. The jeweler can source rare moonstone shapes and size from his business partners and totally give you a customized jewelry piece where in you will know what you are paying for.