MoonStone

Jeremy Diaz 2/15/2014 4A

Moonstone

Moonstones are beautiful gems that have a history of spirituality and magic. They form from a largest group of mineral called feldspar and possess a natural iridescent quality. Moonstones come in two varieties: plagioclase feldspar (which contains calcium or sodium)and orthoclase feldspar (which contains potassium). What gives moonstone its eerie, moon-like glow is the crystal formation within the stone. Light catches the very tiny prisms of the crystalline structures, then reflects the colors of the minerals within. The light produced is not the flashing, bright brilliance of faceted jewelry, but it is a softer, glowing brilliance, called adularescence