Although moonstone is not your regular gemstone choice for an engagement ring, but it is rising in popularity and for good reasons. Moonstone’s luminous beauty and classic coloration makes for an unusual but elegant engagement ring choice. Many moonstones feature inclusions which provides their iridescent flash that makes the ring special. Although, compared to traditional alternatives, finding moonstone rings can be challenging, but there are many shopping options out there.
If you are thinking of trying a moonstone engagement ring, here are some information you need to know first.
Moonstone didn’t just become popular gemstone today, but has been so throughout history. The Romans believed that it had originated from the hardened rays of moonlight. In fact, many ancient civilizations worshiped a lunar god. For example, Thoth, the god of wisdom, writing, science, magic, art, and judgement was a moon god. So was Khonsu, the ancient Egyptian god of moon and time. The Mayans worshiped the god Ix Chel. Although, in recent times, the Art Nouveau movement has made moonstone for engagement rings and generally for jewellery become popular again. Nowadays, it is associated with spiritual jewellery pieces and more so for engagement rings.
Moonstones have become one of the most popular options for people who want to base their engagement ring design around a unique, fairy tale theme. If an engagement ring inspired by the starry night sky, or inspired by the moon itself is what you’d like, moonstone might be a great option for you. Their iridescent nature can be a great option for these ideas and it can even be coupled with other night sky elements for an even lovelier look. For example, you could include bright, sparkly diamonds in the design to give the effect of stars, or you could have the gemstones star set.
If you are thinking of getting a moonstone for your engagement ring and wedding rings, keep in mind all of the practical elements of the gemstone. Moonstone has a 6/10 score on the Mohs scale of hardness for gemstones. What this rating means is that if you are planning to get moonstone in a ring will wear daily like an engagement ring, you have to be sure it is well protected. Usually, the best way to protect it from knocks from general daily wear is to ensure the setting is sturdy and secure, which is the reason most moonstones are set in a run-over setting that sees the metal completely surrounding the gemstone. For some great examples, you can take a look at some of the rings from the engagement ring gallery on the PenFine website.
Usually, moonstones come in three cuts; round, oval or pearl cut. They can be cut to be faceted or cabochon, so there are plenty of options available to you. Individuality is one good thing about moonstones, so if you want something that is quite unique, this might be the best option for you.
Moonstones come in two color varieties, which are blue moonstones or rainbow moonstones. But as a result of their glossy nature, they can produce a wide range of colors, which gives you even more options to choose from. You could choose a stone that gives off a lot of purple coloration or go for one that has a cloudy or clear appearance or if you prefer the stone’s natural effect, you choose a stone that shows off the natural inclusions of feldspar in the stone.
Whatever your choice is, moonstone always stands out. Another great thing about moonstones is that they work perfectly for engagement ring designs that feature several metal finishes like polished couple with a satinised effect or pin mop. So if the idea of a few finishes on your ring is something you love, this can make your ring look very lovely and special.