Antique and Vintage Moonstone Jewelry

All gemstones are weighted down by the legends and lore different cultures have heaped upon them. The ancient Greeks—or the sober-minded ones, anyway—believed an amethyst worn around the neck could counteract the inebriating effects of alcohol. For warriors in Myanmar, rubies conferred invincibility. And Aztec and Mayan peoples applied the jadeite form of jade directly to their bodies to mend injuries and cure internal maladies.

Moonstones, though, are in a class by themselves when it comes to superstitious suppositions. This opalescent form of mostly orthoclase feldspar has been associated with good luck for amorous couples, a guard against epilepsy, a catalyst for bountiful crops when hung in fruit orchards, and even a predictor of the future—to summon this useful ability, one need only hold a piece of moonstone in one’s mouth during a full moon, although the duration required for the clairvoyance to manifest itself is generally not specified.

Unlike gemstones such as sapphires, moonstones are usually not artificially enhanced to goose their color and value. Moonstones come by their characteristics honestly. What you look for in a good moonstone is something called schiller, which is basically its lustre when polished. Schiller is the result of light bouncing off the stone’s thin layers of albite (producing blue hues) and thicker layers of orthoclase feldspar (the white, pearly, moon-like glow).

To bring out the schiller in a piece of moonstone, the mineral is usually formed into a rounded cabochon, worn in a ring or pendant, in which the layers of the stone run parallel to the cabochon’s flat base. That said, moonstones with inclusions, or imperfections, inside the stone are also prized since they can produce dazzling cat’s-eye effects.

Less frequently, moonstones are carved into cameos (their hardness of about a 6 on the Mohs scale makes this possible; by comparison, diamonds are at the top of the scale at 10). Because moonstones are hard enough to facet, they sometimes are cut into cushion shapes, but the stone is brittle, so cut moonstones are the exception rather than the rule.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

All About Jewels Dictionary

All About Jewels Dictionary

This incredible reference dictionary on jewelry, from Enchantedlearning.com, is both beautiful and comprehensive. S… [read review or visit site]

Morning Glory Antiques and Jewelry

Morning Glory Antiques and Jewelry

Jewelry collectors, feast your eyes on this internet gem! It's a goldmine of jewelry information featuring all styl… [read review or visit site]

Cathy Gordon's Jewelry Gallery

Cathy Gordon's Jewelry Gallery

With its vast galleries featuring clear images of jewelry and style, this site really covers it all! Divided up by … [read review or visit site]

Jewel History

Jewel History

Since March of 2007, readers of Lori Ettlinger Gross’s JewelHistory blog have been treated to her weekly (sometim… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Vintage Sterling Silver Signed Georg Jensen Inc. Moonstone BraceletFine Art Nouveau, Moonstone, Ruby, Diamond & Seed Pearl Gold Pendant NecklaceAntique 1918 Art Deco Moonstone Sterling Silver Fancy Link Pendant Vtg NecklaceVintage Van Dell Sterling Silver Moonstone Screw On Earrings Necklace Lovely SetA Beautiful 9 Ct Gold Antique Oval Moonstone RingPretty Vintage .925 Sterling Silver Knot Design Moonstone Gem Brooch - V27 B29Vintage 14k Yellow Gold Genuine Moonstone /genuine Diamond Accents Sz 7Vintage Les Bernard Gold Lion Head Moonstone Jade Green Glass Bead Long NecklaceA+ Trifari Gold Tone Multi Color Moonstone Jelly Belly Cluster Flower Brooch PinVintage Sterling Silver Moonstone Poison Pendant Opens & Heavy ChainVintage Sterling Silver & Moonstone Set Bracelet 8" Long #8 137Fine Pair Of Art Nouveau Sapphire,diamond & Moonstone Gold And Silver EarringsHuge Vintage Mixed Unset Gemstone Cabochon Bead Lot Malachite Moonstone++ 51pc.Vintage High End Moonstone Rhinestone Bracelet Necklace Earrings Set!!! 859gNew Chico's Silver Tone 2-strand Moonstone Purple Pearl Necklace + Earrings SetAntique 14k Yellow Gold 2.25ct Natural Oval Cabochon Moonstone Diamond Ring 5.3gAntique Moonstone Marcasite Sterling Silver Square Halo Cocktail Ring NrVintage 925 Sterling Silver Stunning Moonstone Chain Bracelet 7" (32.1g)- 466172Moonstone Amethyst & Sterling Silver 925 Estate Jewelry Drop Dangle EarringsVintage Freshwater Pearl Necklace W/ 11 Gemstones, Aqua, Moonstone, Carnelian,Lovely Huge 17g Vtg Pearl Carnelian Amethyst Moonstone Sterling Pendant! Jw187Antique 1918 Art Deco Moonstone Sterling Silver Fancy Link Pendant Vtg NecklaceVintage Sign Florenza Moonstone Frosted Molded Glass Enamel Rhinestone NecklaceFortune Prayer Box Sterling Silver 925 Estate Jewelry Pendant NecklaceHuge Sleek Tailored Antique 50-cts White Moonstone Heavy 14k Gold RingVintage Jewellery Fabulous Sparkling Crystal & Moonstone NeckaceAntique C1890 Victorian Sterling Silver & Moonstone Brooch PinVintage Sterling Silver & Moonstone Drop Pendant #8 49Elegant Medieval Revival Antique Heavy 14k Gold Big White Moonstone RingVintage Jewellery Fabulous Pewter Celtic Brooch With Pink Moonstone CabochonVintage Jewellery Magical Blue Moonstone, Rhinestone & Pearl Flower Brooch PinVintage Art Deco Sterling Silver Blue Moonstone Baguette Cluster Clip EarringsAntique Art Nouveau 14k Rose Gold 3ct Moonstone Ring W/ Floral Motif! Sz 6.25 Beautiful, Art Deco, Sterling Silver Blue Moonstone Negligee NecklaceAntique C1920 Art Deco Filigree Sterling Silver Moonstone Brooch 3.5 X 1.5 CmVintage Moonstone ?? Jewellery Necklace Quite Long Openback Vintage Sterling Silver Moonstone & Amethyst Flower Band Ring 5.4g Size 7Vtg Estate Jewelry Lot, Rhinestone Brooch, Ab Blue Aurora Borealis Moonstone PinVintage Large Gold Filled Moon Stone? Opal? Men's Ring -sz 7.5Vintage Moonstone Oval Sterling Silver 925 Charm Pendant (14.8g)White Moonstone Oval Sterling Silver Ring .925 Vintage Ring Size 5.5Vintage 925 Sterling Silver Moonstone & Garnet Charm Pendant (3.2g) - 466503Beautiful Antique Sterling Silver 925 Art Nouveau Art Deco Blue Moonstone Ring 8Free Shipping Rainbow Moonstone Antique Design Ring Size 7; C33101Vintage Rebecca Collins Moonstone PendantVintage Swank Tie Clip / Tie Bar, Sterling Silver With Blue Moonstone, Very NiceHollywood Brooch C1960 With Faux MoonstonesFree Shipping Rainbow Moonstone Antique Design Ring Size 9; C32715Gorgeous Vintage 925 Sterling Silver Moonstone And Garnet Necklace! 24" Vintage Jewellery Beautiful Silver Pink Glass Moonstone Brooch Pin Vintage 925 Sterling Silver Moonstone & Amethyst Charm Pendant (3.9g) - 466502Sterling Silver Ring 925 Rainbow Moonstone Gem Solid Vintage Boho Hot Size 8.514k Gold 9mm Cabochon Moonstone & Sapphire Estate Ring 1930s NrVictorian 7.65ctw Green Chalcedony, Moonstone & Rose Cut Diamond Pendant 9.5gHigh-end Rare Vintage Coro Molded Moonstone Flower Rhinestone NecklaceFree Shipping Rainbow Moonstone Antique Design Pendant 2 1/4"; C42292Free Shipping Rainbow Moonstone Antique Design Ring Size 7 1/4; C30007Natural Rainbow Moonstone Classy Vintage Hot 925 Sterling Silver Earrings S5453Vintage 925 Sterling Silver Moonstone Wheat Toggle Bracelet 7.5'' (22.3g) 466349Vintage Sterling Silver Celtic Brooch/pin With Moonstone