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Cat's Eye Moonstone

about Cat's Eye Moonstone

This enchanting gemstone belongs to the large mineral group of feldspars, of which almost two thirds of all rocks on earth consist. Moonstone is actually the feldspar variety known as 'adularia', a potassium aluminosilicate of the gemstone quality, which is also found in the European Alps near the Adula Group - hence the 'adularia', Another name for moonstone is 'selenite, from the Greek 'selene' (moon).
Moonstone is characterized by an enchanting play of light. Indeed it owes its name to that mysterious shimmer which always looks different when the stone is moved and is known in the trade as 'adularescence'. In earlier times, people believed they could recognize in it the crescent and waning phases of the moon.
The shimmer of light of the moonstone is something very special in the fascinating world of gemstones. The unique adularisation effect is caused by the lamellar inner composition of the gemstone. Incident light rays are refracted and scattered in the stone. In this way, a unique light effect comes about, and it is this which makes moonstone so distinctive and so desirable.
Moonstone has been known and prized for thousands of years and has accumulated much lore and legend.

The moonstone symbolizes our being in its entirety. With its soft shimmer, it strengthens our emotional and subconscious aspects. The associations connected with that make it the "lovers stone", evoking tender feelings and and safeguarding the true joys of love. It is said that if you held one in your mouth during a full moon that you would be able to foretell you and your lovers life together a couple.
In Arabic countries, women often wear moonstone sewn out of site into their garments, for in their cultures the moonstone is a symbol of fertility.
In India moonstones are regarded as 'dream stones' which bring the wearer beautiful visions at night. The healing powers of gemstones has been mentioned for centuries by healers, Shamans and medicine men of many cultures and civilizations. The gemstone or crystal should be placed in direct contact with the skin close to the troubled part of the body. Moonstone is thought to alleviate the symptoms of pain associated with headaches and muscular aches.

Moonstone a member of the Feldspar group of gemstones has a hardness of 6 on the Mohs scale and should be set in a protective setting if worn on the hand. Avoid using harsh cleaners, detergents, and Ulta sonic cleaning methods. Best way to clean your Moonstone is with warm mild soapy water and a soft cloth rinsing with clean water to remove soap residue.

Cat's Eye Moonstone

Treatment: none
Origin: Brazil
Hardness: 6-6.5
Shape: Oval Cabochon
Clarity: N/A Transparent
Material: feldspar
Width: 11.9mm
Height: 8.8mm
Length: 14.3mm
Weight: 11.28 carats
Color: Colorless with strong cat's eye and milk and honey effect

Beautiful colorless crystal, in full sunlight with strong cat's eye asterism. This gem is also a double phenomenon gem when light enters from the side of the gem it creates a milk and honey effect where one side lights up to a shimmering cream yellow color and the other side of the cat's eye turns a sea foam blue green color. Excellent cut and polish.

Price: SOLD