The moon princess
Medalion din argint cu piatra lunii(rainbow moonstone)
Dimensiuni: ~ 4,5 cm / 3 cm
Rainbow moonstone owes its name to the white, almost magical shimmer that resembles moonshine. Bluish-white light glides over the surface when the stone is cut en cabochon. Gemologists call this phenomena adularescence, which originates from the interior structure of the gemstone in scales or lamellas. Incoming rays of light are refracted inside the stone and scattered, creating a unique play of light, which makes moonstone so special and coveted.
Moonstone is the most well known potassium feldspar of the orthoclase species. A combination of orthoclase and albite arranged in layers cause the lovely sheen. Rainbow moonstone is another excellent variety of moonstone that adds multicolor to its mystical sheen and glow.
The Romans admired moonstone and believed that it came from the rays of the moon made solid. Moonstones have been used as jewels for hundreds of years. They were admired by the ancient Romans and Greeks, and then were used in Art Nouveau jewellery. Moonstones later became popular during the hippie movement of the 1960s and the contemporary New Age spiritual movement.
Rainbow moonstone is usually colourless with a blue or, in rare cases, it may have a rainbow-coloured sheen.Rainbow moonstone is typically heavily included, especially in larger sizes. However, these inclusions are the reason for its attractive rainbow sheen. The inclusions resemble centipedes; cracks with shorter, perpendicular lines. When rainbow moonstone has fewer inclusions, this results in fewer colours, so a cleaner gemstone will tend to exhibit a blue sheen, rather than a rainbow-coloured sheen.
Rainbow Moonstone Gemstone Jewellery Care and Cleaning
Rainbow moonstone is quite durable, but should be properly cared for to maintain its beautiful appearance. Since household dust contains quartz, which has a Mohs scale hardness of 7, simply wiping the dust off a rainbow moonstone gem could cause scratches. To clean your rainbow moonstone, simply use soapy water and a soft cloth. Be sure to rinse well to remove soapy residue. Always remove any jewellery or gemstones before exercising, cleaning or engaging in harsh physical activities such as sports. Store rainbow moonstone away from other gemstones to avoid scratches. It is best to wrap gemstones in soft cloth or place them inside a fabric-lined jewellery box.