MOONSTONE: June Birthstone
Moonstone is a birthstone of the month June and is also the Florida State Gemstone. It was designated as such in 1970 to commemorate the Moon landings, which took off from Kennedy Space Center. Despite it being the Florida State Gemstone, it does not naturally occur in the state. Being that our jewelry store, Devon's Diamonds & Decor, is located in Boca Raton, Florida, we found this bit of information to be interesting.
HISTORY OF MOONSTONE
WHERE IS MOONSTONE FOUND?
HOW TO CHOOSE MOONSTONE
- COLOR. Throughout its long history, people have agreed on the qualities that the most highly favored moonstones should display: a colorless, semitransparent to nearly transparent appearance without visible inclusions, and a vivid blue adularescence, known in the trade as blue sheen. The finest moonstone is a gem of glassy purity with a mobile, electric blue shimmer.
The bodycolor should be nearly colorless and free of any yellowish, brownish, or unattractive green tints. Adularescence should, ideally, be blue. The sheen should be centered on the top of a cabochon, and it should be easily seen from a wide range of viewing angles. If a moonstone’s adularescence is only visible within a restricted viewing range, its value drops.
- CLARITY. A good moonstone should be almost transparent and as free of inclusions as possible. Inclusions can potentially interfere with the adularescence. Characteristic inclusions in moonstone include tiny tension cracks called centipedes. They are called this because they resemble those long, thin creatures with many legs.
- CUT. Moonstone might be shaped into beads for strands, but by far the most common cutting style is the cabochon, a form that displays its phenomenal color or colors to best advantage. Moonstone cabochons are usually oval, but cutters sometimes offer cabochons in interesting shapes, such as the tapered sugarloaf—an angular cabochon with a square base. If a moonstone is cut as a cabochon, the dimensions should be uniform, and the profile shouldn’t be too flat. Very flat cabochons don’t display sheen well and have little value. Faceted moonstones have become increasingly common. The cut heightens brilliance and tends to hide any inclusions that might be present.
- CARAT WEIGHT. Moonstone comes in a wide range of sizes and carat weights. Fine-quality material is becoming scarcer in larger sizes.
MOONSTONE BIRTHSTONE CARE & CLEANING
MOONSTONE JEWELRY IN BOCA RATON
Whether you’re celebrating a June birthday or honoring Florida’s state gemstone, moonstone jewelry makes a luminous gift. Stop by our jewelry store in Boca Raton to view our selection of moonstone jewelry.