Moonstone - International Crystals Encyclopedia https://www.atlantisinstitute.org/


Origin - the place or situation from which something comes, the beginning of something’s existence, the point from which it starts out, the thing from which it is ultimately derived.
Moonstone is a Feldspar type which is a sodium potassium aluminium silicate. It is formed through metmorphic, sedimentary or magmatic processes.


It is made from two types of Feldspar species; albite and orthoclase which, when interlayed with each other and cooled they separate into alternating, stacked layers.


These layers cause fascinating adularescence when light falls between these layers and are scattered in many directions.


All crystals belong to a different group according to the basis of the relationships of their axes. There are 7 systems and 32 classes of symmetry. Moonstone crystals belong to the Monoclinic system.


History - the past considered as a whole, the whole series of past events connected with someone or sometihing, a continuous typically chronological record of importance.
The beauty of the Moonstone has been used for many Centuries in jewellery. As well as the ancient civilisations both the Greeks and the Romans connected the gem with the lunar deities. The Romans also revered it as they believed it was actually formed from rays that had solidified directly from the moon.


In the Art Nouveau period the stone was used widely and became very popular in jewellery making. The famous French goldsmith, René Lalique created many fine pieces of jewellery with Moonstone, as did many other craftsmen of that time.


Even though there is no natural occurance of the stone in Florida, the State made it their official gem to commemorate the moon landings which took off from that location.


Deposits are found in Armenia, Madagscar, Mexico, Autralia and Norway among other worldwide locations.


Specification - the act of describing or identifying something precisely, a detailed description of the design and materials used to make something.
Moonstone has a pearly and opalescent metallic iridescence. It is transluscent with a perfect cleavage and an uneven, conchoidal fracture.


Moonstone has a density of 2.56-259 and a measurement of 6-6.5 on the Mohs rating scale.


It is a popular jewellery setting due to its attractive bluish sheen and adularescence qualities.



Varieties - a number or range of things of the same general class that are different or distinct in character or quality.
A member of the Feldspar group, Moonstone varieties include and are not limited to;


  • Rainbow Moonstone
  • Cat’s Eye Moonstone
  • Star Moonstone



Esoteric Attributes - a quality or feature as characteristic of or possed by something.
Crystals by their very nature are able to receive and focus energy in different ways. Their molecular structure enables them to be used to amplify and convert energy and hence crystals have been used for centuries to aid healing and transmute energy both in the metaphysical and physical world.


Because each crystal family has different formational backgrounds, each also has different vibrational frequencies that can be harnesed and used for specific purposes. Each therefore have specific qualities that can be used to help a person heal on the many different levels of their being.


The following is a list of healing attributes associated with Moonstone crystals.


Mental: Moonstone is an aid to decision making. It also initiates receptive behaviours with regards to impulse and inspiration.
Emotional: Moonstone gives balance to emotional behaviours and limits aggressive tendancies. It increases intuition and gives depth of feelings.
Physical: Moonstone is a aid to sleepwalking and also helps with child birth problems and problems with the menstrual cycle and menopause. It harmonises the hormonal cycle bringing natural rhythms.


Crystal Chart - Moonstone


Crystal: Moonstone
Mineralogy: Feldspar: sodium potassium aluminium silicate
Geometric form: Monoclinic
Formation: Primary
Family: Feldspar Silicate
Birthstone: Moonstone is associated with the Astrological signs of Libra, Cancer and Scorpio.


Appearance: Transluscent, opaque with a pearly luster. Moonstone has an uneven, conchoidal fracture and measures 6-6.5 on the Mohs scale rating.
Aura: Moonstone balances the energies and creates connections and channels to higher energy frequencies.
Colour: White, peach and tan with a blue sheen luster.
Chakra: Moonstone is primarily associated with the Sacral Chakra as well as being associated with the Third-Eye and Crown Chakras.




International Crystals - References and resources:


Michael Gienger, Healing Crystals, Earthdancer Books, 2009

The Columbia Encyclopedia, Crystal, 6th ed. 2014

World of Earth Science, Quartz, 2003

Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology, Crystal Healing, 2001


New Oxford American Dictionary