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Moonstone Symbolism

With a silverly light that seems to come from within, moonstone has many associations with the Moon. While you certainly need no excuses to buy this beautiful stone, learn more about its other symbolic connections with meditation, love, and protection.

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With a silvery light that seems to come from within, moonstone has many associations with the Moon. That connection isn't surprising. However, this beautiful gem also has a long history of use as a talisman for fertility, love, protection, and sleep. While you certainly need no excuses to buy this stone, learn more about moonstone symbolism and its varied mystical associations.
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Navajo sterling silver ring by Tommy Jackson, featuring a moonstone cabochon. Photo courtesy of and Revere Auctions.

Eastern Moonstone Symbolism

In Eastern cultures, "lighted" gems, such as moonstone, indicated good luck. The ever-changing, white reflections on its surface, which gemologists call adularescence, seemed to suggest a powerful, good spirit dwelled within.

In India, the moonstone was considered very sacred. Merchants couldn't display this gem for sale unless it rested on a yellow cloth. Yellow was a most sacred color.

Can Moonstones Be Used for Meditation?

Mystics the world over have used moonstone for meditation purposes. The moving inner light makes a good focus for meditation. Some believe the stone has a calming influence and can assist those wishing to enter a trance.

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Sterling silver charm bracelet with moonstone carving and small blue diamond accent. Photo by Jessa and Mark Anderson. Licensed under CC By 2.0.

The Moon and Moonstone Symbolism

As the name suggests, people have closely associated moonstone with the Moon. Therefore, some consider it an alternative birthstone for those born on Monday, the "Moon's day." Due to this lunar association as well as its aforementioned purported calming influence, this gem is considered an excellent aid for those with trouble sleeping.

Magicians would plan to use the stone according to the phases of the Moon. For spells of increase, they used it as the Moon waxed. For spells of decrease, they waited until it waned. If planted in a garden under the full moon, some believed moonstone would increase the garden's yield and fertility.

Since the Moon influences the waters of this planet, some regarded moonstone as an excellent protective talisman to wear on sea voyages or while swimming.

Is Moonstone a Birthstone?

In Germany and Scandinavian countries, moonstone is the preferred June birthstone. Gem enthusiasts anywhere can consider moonstone an alternative to the more expensive June birthstones of pearl and alexandrite.

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Faceted moonstones. Photo © Joel E. Arem, PhD, FGA. Used with permission.

Why is Moonstone Known as the Lover's Stone?

Since the Moon renews itself every month, some supposed moonstone could help wearers regain or retain a more youthful appearance and bearing.

Moonstone's lore also reflects the Moon's romantic associations. Those seeking their true love could follow some instructions. First, hold the gem in your hands during a full moon and envision your love coming to you. Next, carry the stone with you until the next full moon for the spell to take effect.

Lovers often exchanged moonstones, especially after quarreling, to help restore love and tranquility.

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14k yellow gold brooch, dated 1947, featuring two moonstone cabochons for the moth's body and two sapphires for the eyes. Photo courtesy of and Briggs Auction, Inc.

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