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The magnificence of Moonstone

information about moonstone

Moonstone and diamond drop earrings berganza hatton garden
Moonstone and diamond drop earrings, circa 1930.
Ref: 25338

With a silvery light that seems to shine from within, moonstone displays a celestial beauty that has captivated throughout history. This alluring pale gemstone is known for its attractive pearly sheen and as the name suggests has long been closely associated with the moon. Some consider it an alternative birthstone for those born on Monday, the “Moon’s day”.

Moonstone is a transparent to translucent gem, with a base colour which is often pale or colourless.  Its internal structure scatters the light that strikes it, creating a marvellous phenomenon known as ‘adularescence’ which gives the effect of a billowing sheen moving over the surface of the gem when under a light source.

This beautiful gem has a long history of use as a talisman for love, fertility, protection and sleep. The Ancient Romans believed it was made up of the rays of the moon and identified it with lunar deities, such as the goddess Diana. The Roman historian, Pliny, believed that moonstone changed appearance according to the phases of the moon. This belief persisted until the 16th century.

According to Hindu legend, moonstone was composed of solidified moonbeams. At one time it was believed that if you held one in your mouth during a full moon, you would be able to see your future. In India, moonstone is still regarded as a sacred stone and is widely thought to bring good fortune.

Master designers of the romantic Art Nouveau era, such as Louis Comfort Tiffany and René Lalique, featured this magnificent gem in their custom jewellery. Moonstone was also a firm favourite during the 1960s “flower child” movement, providing its wearers with the coveted ethereal look, while designers of the 1990s New Age movement again turned to moonstone’s lunar loveliness for inspiration.

Taken a shine to moonstone jewellery? At Berganza we offer an extensive array of one-off handcrafted pieces that are as rare as they are outstandingly beautiful. Our extensive collection is available to view in our showroom, online through our website or via a Zoom appointment.

antique pearl moonstone bracelet berganza hatton garden
Victorian moonstone and pearl bracelet, English, circa 1895.
Ref: 25226
Carlo & Arthur Giuliano Brooch berganza hatton garden
Carlo & Arthur Giuliano Brooch, Circa 1890.
Ref: 25372
Moonstone diamond and emerald cluster ring, circa 1890 hatton garden
Moonstone diamond and emerald cluster ring, circa 1890.
Ref: 28216
Solitaire moonstone pendant hatton garden
Solitaire moonstone pendant, French, circa 1970.
Ref: 19549
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