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The most appealing characteristic of moonstone is its enchanting play of
light. It's name is derived from that mysterious shimmer which always
looks different when the stone is moved and is known as a phenomenon
called 'adularescence'.  People believed they could recognise in it the
crescent and waning phases of the moon in the stone.

Moonstone is a member of the mineral feldspar and is actually composed
of two feldspar species.  Moonstone, an opalescent stone, has a wide
range of colors such as orange, blue, green, pink, yellow, brown or gray
with a silver scheen.  It can also be colorless.  The classical moonstone
from Sri Lanka is almost transparent with a bluish shimmer.

In Roman times it was  believed that the light of the moon formed

The moonstone symbolises our being in its entirety.

In the Indian culture, moonstone is a sacred gem.  It is believed to arouse
passion and to protect women and children.

It is believed that moonstone helps in protecting against sun stoke, nose
bleeds, and epilepsy.  This shimmering gem is also used to calm emotions
and cure headaches.

Germany, Brazil, Mexico
, India, Myanmar, Madagascar, Tanzania  Sri
Lanka, and the United States are the main sources for moonstone.