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The name moonstone is derived from the sheen of the stone which is caused by light diffracting through all of the microscopic layers of feldspar that make is luminescent like the moon. Diffracting refers to how light bends around the particle bits within the layers.
The ancient Romans that that Moonstone was moonlight transformed into a solid. Both the Romans and the Greeks associated their lunar gods and goddesses with Moonstone, especially the Greek goddess Hecate, the goddess of magic, the crossroads, witchcraft, trivia, talking to the dead and prophesy.
Moonstone is also known as adularia because it so much Moonstone comes from Mount Adular in Switzerland. St. Gotthard is the town at the site of the mine. It is also known as hecatolite in honor of the goddess Hecate.
What is Moonstone?
Unfortunately, Moonstone is not solidified moonlight, but rather alternating stacked layers of two types of feldspar called Orthoclase and Albite. That's why light goes in all different directions as it moves through Moonstone, which is call adularescence.
Moonstone is found in shades of white, cream, gray or silver, blue, aqua, rainbow, pink, peach and even black.
Edgar Cayce stated that Moonstone engenders inner peace and harmony.