Simple, but elegant, the moonlike silvery-white reflection that moves across the surface of a moonstone gives the stone its name. Thought to protect travelers, it has been used for thousands of years. It is a traditional wedding gift in India and is considered a sacred stone there. When displayed for sale, it is always placed on a yellow cloth, a sacred color in India. In the Roman Empire, the wearer was thought to be endowed love, wealth, success and wisdom. It’s beautiful, opal-like luster made it a favorite of Art Nouveau jewelers.
Known as the traveler’s stone, it is especially thought to be powerful for those traveling at night or by water when the moon is shining. It has long been known for its calming and soothing emotional effects and been used for sleeping disorders.
An alternative birthstone for February, it comes in many different colors: gray, peach, blue, white and probably the most popular, prismatic rainbow moonstone. All moonstone has the same core properties, but each color has its own unique uses.
White: thought to magnify emotions and promote balance and to drive away nightmares and insomnia.
Gray: called the “New Moon Stone” where all things are possible, it is thought to help perceive beyond the veil.
Blue: thought to help keep focus, promote clarity and inner vision.
Yellow or Peach: thought to stimulate the mind, soothe worry and anxiety, support the heart and bring out intuition.
Rainbow: the diffused energy of the prismatic effect is thought to clear the mind and senses, deflect negative energy and ease emotional trauma.