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Newletter Archive > December 2012 - Moonstone and Claim Forms

December 2012 - Moonstone and Claim Forms

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Featured Gemstone: Moonstone

Moonstone is the state gem of Florida. Odd becasue it does not naturally occur in Florida but the state adopted Moonstone to honor its space industry. It is found in the United States but the finest and most abundant sources are in Burma, Sri Lanka and India.

Moonstone's color varies greatly and can range from colorless to white, gray, brown, yellow, orange, green, or peach. But its beauty and value is in its luminescence or inner glow. This can range from white to a deep flame blue.

Moonstone is formed by two different feldspars with different refractive indexes. At high temperatures the two feldspars are compatible and intermingle. However, as they cool they become incompatible and thus separate forming an alternately layered gemstone - Moonstone. Its chemistry makes Moonstone somewhat soft and fragile, a 6 on the Moh's scale.

The inner glow is also known as shiller or adularescence and is caused by a ray of light that enters the gemstone and is refracted back and forth into deeper and deeper layers before leaving the crystal producing a moonlike luminescence that originates from deep within the gemstone.

In its natural state moonstone is somewhat unimpressive. The inner glow that makes it beautiful is not really apparent until it has been cut and polished. The cutter must align the axes of the crystal precisely in order to highlight the stones fullest adularescence.

The name "moonstone" originated with the ancient Greeks to describe gemstones that displayed the moon's ethereal silvery light. To wear it was thought to arouse tender passion and true love. It was also believed that wearing the stone conveyed knowledge of future events, and could guide a person in making important decisions.

The Romans thought Moonstone to be formed out of moonlight as well and to be the stone of sensitivity and love.

In India today, moonstone is considered to be sacred and magical. It is thought to be a "Dream Stone", bringing about sweet and beautiful dreams.

In the Far East moonstone is said to balance yin and yang and promote greater flexibility and flow with life.

Moonstone amulets are tied to the ancient legends of the moon goddess of Egypt, Isis, the Greek deity, Selene, and the Roman goddess of the moon, Diana (pictured).

Moonstone rough for tumbling.

We now carry Mining Claim Forms

See the new section of our website, Mining Claim Forms, for Affidavit of Annual Assessment Work on Mining Claims and more. Unfortunately we can't give any legal advice, including helping to select the form(s) you may need, but if you already know what you need, you will likely find it here.

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