Updated: Sep 11
Not one, not two, but three.
June is one of a few birth months that have multiple birthstones to choose from.
Varied as they are beautiful, individuals born in June have their pick of the organic Pearl; the fascinating, color-changing Alexandrite; and the inspiring Moonstone, which is included in the Birthstone Wall Art Collection.
“Moonstone” was coined after Pliny, the Roman natural historian, scribed that moonstone’s shimmery appearance shifted with the phases of the moon. This belief was held well into the early 17th century.
In Hindi, “moonstone” was known as chandrakant, meaning “beloved of the Moon”.
Belonging to the most abundant group of minerals in Earth's crust (over 50%), June’s moonstone is a type of feldspar - a large group of rock-forming silicate minerals.
Moonstone gems are composed of microscopic layers of feldspar that scatter light, causing the optical phenomenon of adularescence - an attractive light or soft glow, which appears to float below the gem’s surface. Thinner layers tend to produce a bluish sheen, while thicker layers appear white.
Depending on the angle in which light hits it, the popular gemstone is known and adored for its floating light resembling the glow of the moon through a thin cloud cover, making it the most intriguing and popular gemstone of the feldspar group.
The mysterious moonstone ranks a 6 - 6.5 on the Mohs hardness scale and is available in delicate shades of pink/rose, white, brown, gray, green, yellow, peach, blue, and rainbow, which is highlighted in the “I am June” wall art.
Just as the name reflects, moonstone is associated with the power and energy of the lunar cycle in nearly all parts of the world, promoting peace, calm, and balance. It is also deemed the stone of love, sensuality, and fertility.
Further, June’s moonstone is largely believed to represent divine feminine energy, as well. Many civilizations, cultures, and communities attribute great healing power to moonstone, particularly in tandem with worshiping feminine deities.
Moonstone is equally believed to balance metabolic processes; help with high blood sugar, degenerative skin conditions, and blood purification; and improve the hormonal and digestive systems.
Although found all over the world, including parts of the U.S., Africa, and South America, India and Sri Lanka serve as the most important locations for moonstone.
Capturing the energy of the moon…C’mon, you can’t go wrong with adding the moonstone gemstone to your collectibles, even by way of Birthstone Wall Art.