Also known as selenite (“moon”) in Greek, moonstone has been mentioned all over the world as, awesome gemstone, which is available in most continents thus, can fulfill the heavy demand of the customers, as far as their use in jewelry is concerned. What makes moonstone beads set apart from other gemstones is the availability of its shimmering and gleaming quality. This gemstone through which wide variety of beads are designed, can said to be of feldspar variety. It contains crystal like structures which almost resemble threads shaped in unplanned meanderings. You can notice the sparkle in the gemstone from every corner, which is known as a type of Schiller effect or chatoyance.
Jewelry craft persons can take the advantage of this fabulous beads by crafting magnificent necklaces and bracelets which strung stunningly or are they can easily be found their place in eardrops. If you are a jewel crafter or a gem collector you are aware that moonstone gems are always cut in a cabochon form having a high dome.
Talking about the different hues in which this gemstone is available and through which diverse variety of moonstone beads are formed include yellow, brown, grey, peach, pale orange, red, pink green and of course blue. But you may perhaps be aware that the most expensive moonstone beads which are used in jewelry emerge as clear and colorless but with a small tint of blue shine.
Moonstones which are from fledspar family could be either from orthoclase fledspar subgroup or plagioclase fledspar subgroup. The three-dimensional depth of this gemstone color has been known either adularescence or peristerescence. If you are looking for the high quality of jewelry items like necklace, pendants, earrings etc made from this bead go for Sri Lankan moonstones which contain the highest level of quality. You can judge the quality of the moonstone through its shimmers, more the shimmers, higher will be the quality. Apart from Sri Lanka you can also find moonstones from reputable quality from Tanzania, Brazil, Mexico, India, Mynamar, Australia and United States.
Well, it was the Romans who in 100 A.D., after seeing these fabulous rocks and due to their scintillating sheen which was akin to moonlight came out with the name of moonstone. The sparkle in almost all the layers of moonstones provides it an iridescent quality which is hardly to be found in any other gemstone beads.