We keep hearing that fine moonstone is rare and becoming rarer. Of course we would like to know this more precisely. If from this wonderful stone with its bluish-white shimmer only the cut ones will soon be available any more, this would mean that our moonstone pieces are becoming more and more precious, as is always the case when a product is scarce.
In any case, moonstones are precious, one way or the other, because of its adularescence, which glides over the entire surface of the stone when you move it. That’s why they are attributed a special power: The moonstones in India e.g. are considered “dream stones” which bring beautiful dream images at night. In the Arab countries, they are a symbol of fertility, which is why women often carry moonstones hidden in their clothing. The iridescent glow is also the reason why moonstones are usually cut in an unfaceted cabochon shape. Their shine best displays on the smooth surface, where it is not broken by any facet.
Sri Lanka is still the main supplier of moonstones. These moonstones are usually almost completely transparent to milky white – with a delicate shine in the bluish. The moonstones of Indian provenance, on the other hand, tend to have a cloudier, orangeish nuance, which may be associated with cloud-like light and shadow and plays on a beige-brown, green, orange or brown background.
Conclusion of our research: we have found a hint that the deposits in Sri Lanka are “unfortunately no longer all too rich”.