Sri Lankan rainbow moonstone is a luminous delight with an enigmatic sheen that shifts and shimmers across the stone's surface. Treasured for centuries, few gemstones match the romance and mystique of moonstone.
Moonstone is the most famous member of the orthoclase branch of the feldspar family. A dazzling, blue-white light glides over the surface when the stone is cut en cabochon with a phenomenon that gemologists call adularescence. Light rays are diffracted and dispersed by a natural layering of feldspar within the stone, creating an exceptional play of light and a pearly or opalescent luster. Moonstone is typically colorless with a white to blue-white sheen, but it can also occur in varieties of gray, tan, yellow, orange, green, pink, or blue. Sri Lankan rainbow moonstone, with its pale blue sheen and near-transparent body, is considered most valuable. It features a rainbow-like iridescence and can be cut into a faceted gemstone as well as en cabochon. Its quality appearance and versatility make this a highly collectible exotic gemstone.
LOCATION: Sri Lanka
Moonstone has been found in Brazil, Burma, Madagascar and Tanzania. However, premium moonstone is sourced from Sri Lanka. Our selection of rainbow moonstone comes from the Sri Lankan city of Meetiyagoda. Villagers believe that the acre of land where moonstone is mined is blessed by the moon.