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The Mystery of Moonstone
selling stone at Whirled Planet is Rainbow Moonstone. The reason
for this is obvious: it has a special optical quality that makes
it stand out above all other stones.
For the most
part, Rainbow Moonstone is a white or clear colored stone with an
opalescent "fire" (called schiller or adularescence) in its heart
that moves and changes as one's viewing position changes.
The fire of Rainbow Moonstone, and the shimmer in regular Moonstone,
is caused by two different varieties of feldspar that have grown
together in a matrix that reflects light differently depending on
one's viewing point.
Moonstone is natural, rather than man-made, each stone has it's
own personality. Some stones have a blue fire, while others have
a yellow or greenish tint. There is no better or worse with regard
to the fire. As with other stones like Turquoise, beauty is in the
eye of the beholder.
is not related to Opal, as people sometimes think. In fact, Moonstone
is a member of the Quartz family of minerals. It is technically
a variety of labradorite feldspar, crystalline in nature. Moonstone
is mined in South India and Sri Lanka, while limited deposits of
Rainbow Moonstone are also found in Madagascar.
Demand for Rainbow
Moonstone grows each year, and as such finer quality Rainbow can
sometimes be hard to find. As a crystal, Rainbow Moonstone often
has what appear to be cracks or fissures within the stone. These
normally do not affect the integrity of the stone unless they are
present at the surface.
you run your fingernail over the surface of a Moonstone, it should
move smoothly, without any bumps or skips. Surface cracks may
eventually cause the stone to fail and fall out of the setting.
is usually finished in a dome shaped cabochon to enhance the natural
fire. When cut correctly it can also be dramatic in a faceted finish,
though this will always add to the cost of the finished product.
In Europe, Moonstone
is the birthstone for June. In North America, Moonstone shares June
with Alexandrite and Pearl. It is a versatile stone that can work
for both casual and formal affairs, depending on the setting. Rainbow
Moonstone is especially spectacular against a rich background like
velvet or when the wearer has a darker complexion or dark hair.
every design on our site comes in Rainbow Moonstone is a testament
to its popularity. It is a great addition to any jewelry display,
and when set in silver is as affordable as just about any other
stone, comparable in price to Amethyst or Garnet.
Trends for Holiday and Spring
stones for Holiday are Carnelian and Onyx. Their rich,
warming color ties in nicely with the darker palette of winter clothing
and Cherry Quartz continue as a trend, and will likely
do so for some time. They are part of the color "backlash"
found in the accessories market this season. See below for more
continues to be very popular. We are finally starting to see supply
catch back up with demand. Several times over the last year, suppliers
in India either couldn't get any Turquoise at all, or the prices
were comparable to higher end stones like tourmaline. Coral
is also strong as a complement to Turquoise.
and pear shapes are definitely making a mark in jewelry design
through Holiday and into Spring. Simple drop pendants in
twos or threes on a light chain or leather are a strong seller at
Fred Segal in LA. Matching earrings with two or three briolettes
on chain of various lengths are hot, too. (We are expecting a new
shipment in the first week of November).
earlier this year by Nicole Kidman at the Oscars, and recently seen
dangling from the ears of A-list celebs like J-Lo and Cameron Diaz,
chandelier earrings are all the rage. Long and ornate with
lots of shimmer, the variations are endless.
are a major part of this season's color palette. Surprisingly though,
brighter colors like pink, light green and robin's egg blue are
providing a bright shot of color amid the typical fall/winter fare
of brown and black. This is a precursor to the bold and bright colors
forecast for spring.
going forward, clean and contemporary shapes done in the brights
mentioned above are a sure bet. Of course, clean silhouettes never
go out of style.
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Nov. 8 - 10, Jan 10-12
Tucson Jewelry & Gem Show,
Jan. 31 - Feb. 13, 2004.
Hot stones-- Carnelian, Onyx. Pink Quartz,
Turquoise and Coral.
designs-- chandelier earrings, briolette and teardrop shape
Spend $150 and get 10% off everything! Just
in time for the Holidays, save a chunk of change. This is
in addition to any other specials we offer on the site,
is one of several recently added for just $7.50.
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is stamped to indicate this. All our stones are genuine.
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