by Suzanne Sachs • 5 min read
Moonstones are perfect for engagement rings, with their beautiful, almost otherworldly glow, and romantic symbolism across multiple cultures. Moonstone’s many amorous meanings make it a beautiful and distinctive choice for an engagement or a wedding ring. While moonstone is the birthstone for June and the gemstone for 13th wedding anniversaries, a moonstone engagement ring is a beautiful and symbolic choice for any lucky recipient.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW--
Moonstone is associated with the moon, renewal, spirituality, wisdom, and, of course, love and romance. Its glow seems to come from within the stone, giving it an aura of mystery.
In ancient Hindu lore, moonstone is made of solidified moonbeams. This made it a sacred stone that should only be displayed for sale on a yellow cloth, itself a sacred symbol. Moonstone also represented the gift of foresight if you carried a piece of moonstone in your mouth during the full moon.
• Beauty and Love
In ancient Greece, moonstone symbolized beauty and love, as well as the moon. Moonstone was sometimes called aphroselene, combining the name Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, and Selene, the moon goddess. In ancient Rome, moonstone symbolized the moon goddess Diana. Because Monday is named for the moon, many still believe that moonstone is especially lucky for people born on a Monday.
• Rebirth and Renewal
The moon symbolizes rebirth and renewal and so moonstone represents these, as well. Lovers who had to separate or who had quarreled would give each other moonstone jewelry to symbolize love being constantly reborn.
Moonstone is said to bring good luck to travelers. This belief may also come from its association with the moon, since in the days before streetlights, moonlit nights were considerably safer for travel than dark nights. In ancient Thailand, wearing white clothing and moonstone jewelry on a Monday brought luck.
• Wisdom and Fertility
In New Age beliefs, moonstone symbolizes the feminine, intuition, new beginnings, and inner wisdom. Because of the association with the moon and lunar cycles, in crystal healing, it is said to promote healthy menstrual cycles in women and aid fertility.
Moonstone and Magic
Moonstone’s mysterious silvery or blue glow, also called adularesence, comes from the play of light among the different layers of the gemstone. In a well-cut stone with good clarity, this adularescence can be almost hypnotic, which may be why moonstone is associated with mystery and magic in many cultures.
Moonstone in Acrostic Message Rings
In the 18th and 19th century, lovers used the initial letters of stones to spell out love messages. These acrostic rings, also known as regard rings because one of the most popular messages was “regard,” regularly included moonstones. In his book The Curious Lore of Precious Stones, George Frederic Kunz, a famous gemologist and jewelry historian, lists the stones for different messages, which include:
• Mizpah (remembrance):
Moonstone, indicolite, zircon, peridot, aquamarine, hyacinth (red zircon).
• Amitie (loving friendship):
Alexandrite (or almandine), moonstone, indicolite, tourmaline (or topaz), idocrase, emerald.
Moonstone was especially popular during periods when spirituality and wisdom were in favor. Art Nouveau moonstone jewelry is always a classic, but you can also find stunning vintage moonstone engagement rings from the 1960s and from the New Age period of the 1980s and 1990s.
With all of these associations with love, the moon, and renewal, moonstone engagement rings are an especially romantic choice. Bring the symbolism and romantic meanings of moonstone into your life with an antique moonstone engagement ring today.
Moonstone Rings For Everyone:
No matter which era is your favorite, these time-honored rings have a rich history and individualized character and will continue to have a timeless beauty and elegant appeal that is part of a legacy to pass on to future generations.
Find The Perfect Engagement Ring:
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