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OakDragon
30-11-2005, 15:39
I just purchased last weekend a pendant containing what the proprietor called a "blue moonstone". I had never heard of blue moonstone before and a cursory search of AT and the web did not turn up much information on it. Can someone here tell me whether there really is such a stone, whether it goes by another name and if its properties are any different from standard moonstone? Thanks in advance.

Moonbow
30-11-2005, 16:34
Moonstone comes in various colours from toffee, to blue to white. Its a pearlescent stone so you could have one with more blue in than any other colour.

The blue/white comes more from the surface of the rock and the toffee is from deeper inside and is sometime more difficult to find:

http://www.boothandbooth.co.uk/acatalog/moonstone.jpg

http://www.essencesonline.com/AFEP_lg-Moonstone.jpg

http://www.multicolour.com/picture/b_moonstone1.jpg

catti
01-12-2005, 00:56
http://www.pgrgem.com/color/datasheets/pgrmoon.html
mentions the blue sheen

OakDragon
01-12-2005, 01:13
Thank you both for your help. I have the feeling what I got isn't really moonstone. It doesn't look much like pictures I've seen online. I bought it because it's very pretty and the price was right, so it doesn't really matter much if it is moonstone or not to me, but it makes me wonder, too, what else it might be.

catlin
01-12-2005, 01:32
@Oak Dragon
Very often white Labradorite is also called moonstone. Maybe you got such a stone.

wizzle
01-12-2005, 02:29
Dear Oakie,

You didn't give us a whole lot to go on except the color. Light blue? Dark blue?

I think Catlin might be right in saying your aquisition is labradorite, which is also sometimes called rainbow moonstone. You can google that up. Other possibilities are

chalcedony
albite moonstone
microcline moonstone

http://ist-socrates.berkeley.edu/~eps2/wisc/Lect14.html
http://www.theimage.com/gemstone/feldspar/feldspar.html

These website discusses the properties of this type of felspar (which is what moonstone is) and you can try googling up some of the descriptive words if you haven't found your stone. I've attached a pic of a hunk of labradorite so you can see the general color range. But there is a picture of a blue stone on the second website that might be what you are looking for.

I love all of the felspar group... labrodorite, sunstone, amazonite, etc. I hope you have much joy from your lovely purchase.

Sulis
01-12-2005, 03:17
I used to make jewellery. Sometimes jewellers will put some blue paper underneath the stone in a pendant or ring to give it a blue sheen.

Love Sulis xx

OakDragon
01-12-2005, 04:00
I wonder if it's something like that, Sulis. The surface of the stone seems to be clear crystal with cloudy white streaks crisscrossing it. Underneath there is a medium blue sheen that looks like moonstone, but may not be. It's hard to tell if the blue goes all the way through or not. The pendant has a silver back, so I cannot see the other side. I'll try to take a pic of it when I get a chance. I wonder if it's quartz or something with moonstone underneath or maybe it's just quartz with something shiny blue attached to the back.

Ruby7
01-12-2005, 11:24
I've seen the name "blue moonstone" used in gemstone catalogues in reference to white moonstone that has a blue sheen in order to differentiate between white moonstone that has no blue sheen. Is your moonstone white with a blue sheen, or is the underlying body colour a true blue?

All the best,
Ruby7

Ruby7
01-12-2005, 11:28
Hi Oakdragon,

Just read your last post. If you look at the stone as you move it around, light hitting the surface at different angles, if it is a moonstone with a sheen, the sheen will come and go as the light hits or misses the angle needed. If it doesn't change as you move it then the sheen is fake as Sulis suggests.

Ruby7

OakDragon
01-12-2005, 12:20
The sheen does move around, but it's always blue. Isn't moonstone usually opalescent (at least somewhat)? I'm going to try to take a pic of it now.

OakDragon
01-12-2005, 12:40
Ok. I took two pics of it, one with the flash on and one without. It's hard to get the color right, but I hope this will give an idea of what it's like.

catti
02-12-2005, 01:42
Tanzanite maybe?

Its really nice whatever it is! :)

Sulis
02-12-2005, 02:33
It doesn't look like moonstone to me and I think tanzanite has more of a purply, lilac tinge to it.

I have a moonstone ring that I've always thought of as being very blue. It's very pale and has a definate bluey hue to it but it's irredescent, a bit like opal but without all the colours.

I'll see if I can attach a picture.

Love Sulis xx

OakDragon
02-12-2005, 02:36
Tanzanite maybe?


I don't know. All the pics I see of tanzanite online are gem quality. Mine whateveritis has white wispy strands crisscrossing it.


Its really nice whatever it is! :)

Yes, it really is, which is why I will love it even if its not blue moonstone, but I am just curious what it really is.

OakDragon
02-12-2005, 02:37
It doesn't look like moonstone to me and I think tanzanite has more of a purply, lilac tinge to it.

I have a moonstone ring that I've always thought of as being very blue. It's very pale and has a definate bluey hue to it but it's irredescent, a bit like opal but without all the colours.

I'll see if I can attach a picture.

Love Sulis xx


Yeah, that's how I would expect a blue moonstone to be, too. My stone is not at all like that, though.

Sulis
02-12-2005, 02:50
Oakie,

I've edited my post above to show a picture of my moonstone ring. All of the stones are the same colour and range from white to blue - in the picture the middle stone is the bluest. I'd expect blue moonstone to look like that with maybe a little more blue.

It's a little like a cross between mother of pearl and opal but bluer (if you know what I mean).

Love
Sulis xx

OakDragon
02-12-2005, 03:32
Nope, that's not it. Ah, well. The search continues...

Leleii
02-12-2005, 05:34
Blue Chalcedony? or Aura Aura?

OakDragon
02-12-2005, 06:35
I don't think it's chalcedony, and I've never heard of "Aura aura". What is that like?

I have the feeling it's either something (maybe even moonstone, just maybe) with a layer of quartz on top, or something like quartz with a backing of some sort on it. Depending on the angle of the light, you can see the sheen. Otherwise it looks like a blue stone with white lines crisscrossing it.

WhiteRaven
02-12-2005, 07:15
Oakie....

Take a look at this....scroll down when you get there....

Lapis Lazuli Slab (http://www.greatslabs.com/slabs_lapis.shtml)

WhiteRaven
02-12-2005, 07:17
or this....

Blue Quartz (http://www.vitabeads.com/blue_quartz.htm)

scroll down to see the different shades....

OakDragon
02-12-2005, 07:26
Lapis? No, definitely not. My pendant is translucent.

Blue quartz? Mayyyyyyyyyyyyyyybe. My pendant has a very un-quartzlike glow or shine inside it, though. It's probably either moonstone with quartz or something made up (quartz with a reflective backing).

Moonbow
02-12-2005, 07:33
According to one of my books it is possible to get Blue and Green Moonstone as well as the usual colours so I think it could well be Moonstone.

OakDragon
02-12-2005, 08:13
It could very well be, Moonbow* I was just skeptical of the streaks (and the price ($25), frankly).

I hope it is moonstone. :)

Ruby7
02-12-2005, 09:10
It's beautiful!! Looks like labradorite to me ( same mineral family as moonstone--"feldspar group". The lattice lines are very typical of labradorite.)

Ruby7

OakDragon
02-12-2005, 09:21
Labradorite is the closest I can find so far, and I guess that's more or less blue moonstone, so I'll go with that. Thanks for your help, everyone! :D

Sulis
02-12-2005, 23:01
It does look like labradorite.

http://www.davesdowntoearthrockshop.com/labra.htm
http://www.mineralminers.com/html/labjlry.stm
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/geology/rocks/glossary/indexl.shtml

Nice :)

Love Sulis xx

Myrrha
06-12-2005, 07:55
Hi Oakdragon

I have a similar pendant which was sold to me as "blue moonstone". It is gorgeous but the energy feels more neptunian, more intense than moonstone (I love moonstone also). In fact it is a bit too intense for me to wear often although I'm getting more used to it. I took it to a gemstone store and they said it was Labradorite. Most labradorite that I've seen is more greenish but somewhere I read that high-quality labradorite can also be blue.

How does the stone feel to you? Do you enjoy wearing it? The shop I bought it at said that "blue moonstone" is a protective stone. Does it feel protective to you? I feel like this stone stirs up stuff, something, not emotions but something having to do with intuition.

--Myrrha

catlin
06-12-2005, 19:17
I also think that OakDragon's pendant is Labradorite, the streaks are pretty typical and taking the photo with flash into consideration I think it is a white Labradorite enhanced with blue paper, a very common practice. It is a very beautiful pendant.

OakDragon
07-12-2005, 12:53
Myrrha and catlin, thank you both for your observations. I agree that it probably is labradorite. I love wearing it because it's pretty, but I'm not sure what vibrations it has. I have not yet figured out how to sense such things.

catlin
07-12-2005, 23:40
@Oakie:
What about starting a gem journal? You can take down the feelings you have when you wear the pendant. You can note down the daily major events and how you react to them maybe feeling more energy or whatever when you wear the pendant.

Grizabella
08-12-2005, 00:03
Rainbow moonstone has a very blue (lighter blue) coloring through it and is more transparent. The stone in your pendant is definitely labradorite, in my opinion. The cross-hatching in the stone is typical of labradorite and so is the darker, intense blue color. You got a very nice piece of it. Rainbow moonstone is my favorite stone, so I'm really familiar with it and have several pieces. Labradorite is a close cousin but usually isn't as transparent and has a more intense color with more cross-hatching that looks like cracks. It's a very pretty pendant!

OakDragon
08-12-2005, 08:13
Thank you for the information, lyric. It is pretty, isn't it? Yes, I am pretty sure now it must be labradorite.

catlin, the gem journal sounds like a good idea. I'll have to give it a try. Thank you for the suggestion! :)

Keigh
15-01-2006, 08:19
Often blue Chalcedony is mistaken for moonstone. At least I've seen it in stores around here. Perhaps that's what you received?

NEVERMIND...I finally found your photo and this is not like any of the moonstone or the chalcedony I've seen.

OakDragon
15-01-2006, 13:35
I've had a few people I know look at it and say it is really blue moonstone, so who am I to say?