Moonstone - a stone which has been regarded for its beauty for centuries- is the second birthstone for June. If you’re looking for the perfect present for someone born in June then a piece of moonstone jewellery would be an excellent choice.
Andrew Campbell, using his 40 years experience within the antique industry, handpicks all vintage and antique moonstone jewellery for sale.
AC Silver offers free delivery and a 14 days return policy on all monnstone jewellery. Complimentary moonstone ring resizing is available for applicable items.
Cleaning a moonstone ring requires some care to ensure that you don't damage the stone or the setting. Moonstones are relatively soft and can be sensitive to certain cleaning methods. Clean with a soft brush and warm water. Ensure it's not too hot, as extreme temperatures can damage the moonstone. Use gentle strokes on the stone to clean, when finished rinse the stone thoroughly and pat dry with a lint free cloth.
To give the stone a bit of shine, once dried you can polish with a jewellery polishing cloth to give the stone a nice shine.
Thanks to its mysterious nature, the moonstone has a plethora of origin stories that are rooted in ancient myths and legends. In Hindu mythology, it is believed that moonstone is made from solid moonbeams. The Hindu tradition isn't the only one to associated moonstones with moonlight either; this gemstone's glowing adularescence gives the illusion of shimmering moonbeams.
Moonstones were admired by early civilisations including the ancient Romans, who believed that it contained real rays of moonlight. The opalescent, opaque quality of the stones is beautifully understated while maintaining the exclusivity of a rarely considered stone.
The moonstone was once known as "adularia." This name was given to the gemstone by the residents of Mt. Adular (now St. Gotthard), a city in Switzerland that was once a rich source of high-quality moonstones.
In terms of jewellery making, the moonstone grew in popularity over the 19th century, at which point it became a popular material in Arts and Crafts designs. During this period, moonstones were often incorporated into silver making as well as jewellery designs. This gemstone became even more acclaimed during the Art Nouveau era in the late 19th and early 20th century.
Throughout this time, famous designers such as René Lalique and Louis Comfort Tiffany incorporated moonstones into their romantic and whimsical jewellery designs.
Later in the 20th century, when the hippy, "flower child" movement became popular, moonstones saw another surge of popularity. These ethereal gemstones perfectly complimented the hippy aesthetic.
Ever since this adularescent gemstone has been associated with the moon, moonstones have been believed to hold great energy and power. Moonstones are often associated with feminine power, and they are thought to bring out passion, and power in the wearer. Due to its believed relation to the waxing and waning of the moon, this gemstone is thought to evoke tranquillity yet also re-energize the mind.
In addition to this, moonstones are thought to be exceedingly positive gemstones, that will help to wash away any negative thoughts the wearer might have. The colourful rays of gold, blue and purple, that moonstones appear to emit, are thought to embody positivity and powerful energy.
Another stone well-known for its sleep-inducing abilities is the moonstone. Maybe a little on-the-nose, the moonstone supposedly helps us during those moonlit hours to feel relaxed, easing any emotional tension and allowing the user to drift away peacefully into a rich and restful slumber. Moonstones have been believed to carry lunar energy that is representative of new beginnings, wiping away the day’s slate of troubles and leading to a blank mind that is ready to rest. As well as being significant sleep aides, moonstones assist people going through hard times, making emotional trauma easier to handle.