One of the most interesting stones available is the moonstone. Moonstone has been known to man since the beginning of civilization and its wonderful qualities is what makes it a treat to the eyes and senses.
Moonstone is made from Feldspar an extremely common stone. Feldspar covers perhaps 60% of the earth’s crust and is from the German word meaning field rock. Moonstone contains no metals or ores, but does have a crystal structure to it.
Moonstone’s most common use is that of ornamental jewelry. It has some distinct attributes including adularescence, which is the ability of light to enter into the crystalline structure and bounce back and forth creating an aura or shimmering quality. This quality is what makes moonstone the most valuable. Moonstone can come in many colors; however the most popular color is blue. Other colors that Moonstone can come in are yellow, brown, green and multi colored.
Moonstones can come in many forms and many times it is sculpted or inscribed. Sometimes Moonstone may have faces such as a happy moon or other jovial designs. Moonstone comes in many sizes, while beads and other shapes are popular, Moonstone can be big enough to create small statues. Due to its adularescence it has been used also for religious symbols.
Besides ornamental jewelry, Moonstone has a few industrial uses. For instance, Moonstone is used in certain abrasives for cleaning products. It is also popular with ceramic buffs that use moonstone as special glazes for the ceramic items that they create.