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Moonstone is a type of feldspar which
shimmers with an elusive glow when a light is shined upon it.
Caused by tiny albite inclusions which reflect and scatter light,
this effect mimics the moon's soft glow, hence the gem's name.
It is most often white but also occurs as softly tinted colors
of peach, grey, and green.
Many of this gem's legends come from
its association with the moon. The ancient Greeks and Romans linked
the stone with moon deities, most often representing the feminine
side of creation. It was thought to be an important gift when
given to a lover, and would allow one to tell the future if held
in the mouth during a full moon. A Moonstone placed beneath the
pillow or worn while sleeping induced dreams that prophesied the
Pope Leo X was said to have a Moonstone
that undertook a visible change in character in tune with the
phases of the moon. Other European tales tell of how moonstone
had the power to cure fever, arouse passion, and protect from
moonstroke and lunacy. It was also believed to ward off cancer
and protect the traveler.
Owing perhaps to the fact that Moonstone
is primarily found in India, Sri Lanka, and Burma, many Indian
legends surround the gem. Hindu legends hold that Moonstone was
actually solidified moonbeams which reached earth, and revere
it as a good luck object. Indian astrologers use Moonstone to
befriend the moon and make use of its energy.
Set as a talisman, or powdered and
boiled with lemon juice and other extracts, Moonstone is credited
with curing anxiety, strengthening resolve, and relieving high