Moonstone, a life long love affair…

Where to begin! Rainbow moonstone appears time after time in my collection, and that’s because I love working with it, and I love wearing it myself. For almost 15 years now I have been working with the same moonstone dealer, knowing the source, is knowing the stone, the provenance and traceability of this stone are important to me, and this notion speaks with in the pieces I make with moonstone. I know this bewitching gemstone in and out, I take pride in the quality of moonstone that I offer in my jewellery.

Moonstone, a life long love affair... Sarah Hickey Jewellery

Here’s a little bit about the history of Moonstone; it isn’t difficult to see where it gets it’s name. Hindu mythology believed moonstone was literally solidified moonbeams, the dancing light and glow of moonstone can definitely be likened to the lunar light, as seen through a thin veil of cloud. A glow from within.

Moonstone, a life long love affair... Sarah Hickey Jewellery
Moonstone, a life long love affair... Sarah Hickey Jewellery
Moonstone, a life long love affair... Sarah Hickey Jewellery

The glow, or ‘blue fire’ as it is sometimes called, is actually caused by the stones internal structure which scatters and refracts as the light hits it. This phenomenon is known as adularescence. The most marvelous thing, as all moonstone lovers know, is there are no two pieces a like, the refractive structure of the mineral changes from one cm of material to the next, so the light play and the look will also change – magical.

Moonstone is a really beautiful bridal choice, it’s white, light, delicate and whimsical, and wearing moonstone on your big day will also mean you’ll have those moonstones to wear throughout the years, it doesn’t age or fade, it’s sparkle within the stone always stays alive. Rainbow Moonstone, like labradorite is a feldspar gemstone, formed from lava seeping upward in veins through the earths mantal thousands of years ago. I work with so many shapes and sizes, cuts and finishes, it’s always a delight just to see the raw product though too, above is some being cut by the gemstone dealer before it wings it’s way to me. Fascinating…

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