Moonstone is a little difficult to write about, as there are multiple ‘types’ – some of which are not really the same type of material.

Of the most common mentioned, you may see ‘Rainbow Moonstone’, ‘Moonstone’, ‘Peach Moonstone’, ‘White Moonstone’, ‘Blue Moonstone’, or ‘Black Moonstone’.

Moonstone, peach Moonstone and black Moonstone are varieties of the same material, with their colours altered slightly by mineral inclusions.

White Moonstone is generally a gem quality version of the above, with a type of chatoyance that give it almost a cats eye or asterism effect.

Rainbow Moonstone and Blue Moonstone, on the other hand, are a different material – closer to Labradorite. They are white, with occasional inclusions of Schorl (black Tourmaline), but possess an interesting play of colour. Blue Moonstone has, naturally, quite a bright blue flash.

Rainbow Moonstone, on the other hand, can show several colours, with greens, yellows and blues being the most common.

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Information about Moonstones

Beneath the iridescent veil of the stone lies pearly white depths. Named for its moon-like sheen, it is a feldspar mineral that exhibits a soft, watery opaqueness with a silvery reflection called chatoyancy that moves across the surface as the angle of light changes.

It is usually polished or tumbled, and is sometimes carved into decorative objects.

They are found in several locations worldwide, including India, Madagascar, and Sri Lanka. It was valued throughout history, particularly by the Romans and the Greeks, who associated it with their Moon Gods.

Despite the name, Rainbow Moonstone is not the same stone.

Rainbow Moonstone is actually closer to Labradorite – plagioclase Feldspar, rather than potassium Feldspar, which this variety of Moonstone is. The two are related, but Rainbow Moonstone is technically closer to white Labradorite.

Spirituality and Crystal Healing with Moonstones

Moonstone has long been associated with the moon and therefore love and couples since ancient times – it is a traditional wedding gift in India. Like the moon effects the tides, moonstone effects our emotional balance.

It stimulates our spiritual centre and works well with the Crown chakra. It is the traditional birthstone of June, along with Pearl and Alexandrite.

Photos of the stone – Rough and polished


Partially polished piece of Moonstone.

Tumble polished pieces of Moonstone.