If you want to buy a moonstone for its healing properties, then it would be worth paying more attention to the quality of the stone’s crystal structure than its price tag. This quality can be determined by examining how well-defined and symmetrical each facet in the stone is; this will determine how much light gets reflected off it when it catches the light, making it sparkle. The more symmetrical the crystal, the more clearly it will reflect light and look heavenly and heavenly bright.
You can also check out how big and flawless your moonstone is because you aren’t paying for size or weight, only quality. To learn more about how to tell if you have a real moonstone, read the following article.
What is a Moonstone?
Moonstone is a type of feldspar mineral that has silica, potassium and aluminum. It gets its name from the way it reflects light because of its similar qualities to the moon—it appears blue or pale sometimes, especially when seen under candlelight. Moonstones are usually clear with milky white patches or streaks that form within them.
Moonstones were believed to change color in tune with the moon and, according to folklore, they would help soothe and calm people’s emotions when worn close to their hearts at night time or when placed underneath their pillows. They were also said to bring good luck and protection from bad dreams by soothing the mind. It was also thought that the stone’s blue sheen would attract love, success, and good luck.
Fake vs Real Moonstone – What to Look For
The price of your moonstone will tell you whether it’s real or not, as well as other factors such as size and color. It is usually much more expensive if it is genuine; cheaper stones are typically made from glass or plastic, which can be detected by shaking them, putting them under a tap and checking for any leaks/cracking, or letting them sit in water to see if they dissolve.
Blue Luster on a Real Moonstone
On a natural moonstone, you will be able to see the blue sheen on the stone and irisation inside (a flickering). That being said, a real stone should not be able to refract the light at any angle than 15 degrees or higher. If the stone is a synthetic moonstone, it may shine even at this point. Always check to see if the stone shares its blue luster if you want to know what a genuine moonstone is.
A Genuine Moonstone has Layers
Real moonstones have what is known as a “silk” pattern with iridescent colors. They are formed from layers of minerals and every layer has different reflectivity, while fake stones only reflect light in one direction. In a real moonstone, you will be able to view a layered structure when looking inside your moonstone.
Put Your Moonstone Jewelry in Water
You can put your clear moonstones in water and let them sit for up to two hours. When you take it out, look to see if the color in the stones has increased. If it is brighter, it is likely a genuine moonstone. A fake stone will likely start out bright and remain the same brightness despite the experiment.
Price of the Stone
If you have a small budget, then the pricing of your moonstones can help you determine whether it is real. The price will likely be lower if the gem isn’t a genuine one because natural stones are usually more expensive than fake ones.
A Fake Moonstone Will Warm Up Quickly
If you have two stones and you know that one is fake, hold both in your hands. The fake one will warm up faster than the real moonstone.
Where to Buy a Real Moonstone
The best way to find a real gem is to shop from reputable jewelers. You can also try antique and second-hand shops to find a genuine stone, but it is likely that they will be pricier in these areas.
Always ask the storekeeper if you can return or exchange your moonstone. This way, you will be able to check to see if your stone is real. If they won’t give you your money back or allow you to exchange it for other stones, you may want to look to purchase your moonstone elsewhere.
The same rules should go when you buy a rainbow moonstone (or another variety) online. You can also read reviews from others who purchased stones through that seller to learn about their experience.