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Nature of Material: orthoclase is a mineral species in the feldspar group; monoclinic crystal system; chemical composition KAlSi3O8 

Appearance: transparent to opaque colorless to white; occasionally green, orange, yellow to brown, gray to nearly black 

Phenomena: adularescence, asterism, chatoyancy
Variety and Trade Names
Moonstone or adularia - semitransparent to opaque; typically colorless to white body color, with a blue or white billowy effect (adularescence); also occurs in green, yellow to brown, find gray to nearly black body colors; some specimens show chatoyancy or asterism (four-rayed) along with adularescence. 
Typical Size Range : 1 to 25 ct; cut stones up to 250 ct are known 
Typical Cutting Styles: moonstone - cabochons, beads, carvings; transparent varieties (colorless, yellow to brown) - faceted
Optic Character: DR, biaxial negative 
Refractive Index: 1.518-1.526 (+ .010) 
Birefringence: .005 to .008 
Dispersion: .012 

Identifying Characteristics
Sunstone - centipede-like inclusions (commonly an orthoclase¬ albite inter growth with associated cleavages) 
Hardness: 6 to 6½ 
Toughness: poor 

Availability: moonstone - limited; transparent varieties - scarce 
Public Recognition: moonstone - well known; transparent varieties - unfamiliar
Birthstone Designation

June and Monday 

Major Sources: Sri Lanka, Burma, India. Others: Australia, Brazil, Madagascar, Tanzania, US 
Recommended Disclosures: Avoid rough handling and heat. Moonstone requires care in setting. Advise when coated.

The Meaning Of Sun Stone

SUN STONE- The stone of emotional balance

Metaphysical Healing Properties: Moon stone helps to soothe and balance the emotions. They assist in the master of your emotions by bringing them under control of your will, instead of repressing or expressing them.Moonstone represents the great Mother Goddess. Her strength lies in her gentleness, and her ability to experience, process, and neutralize her feelings. 

A stone of wishes, intuition, and balance. Helps all be more comfortable with our gentler feminine side. Brings to you all that is needed. Some people think that Moonstone is strictly a feminine stone, because it is associated with a woman's monthly cycle. But nurturing, gentle care, and unselfish humanitarian service is not simply a female attribute. Moonstone can unblock those feeling sin both men AND women who are afraid to acknowledge or experience consciously how they feel on a personal and internal level. Like Moss Agate, Malachite, and Jade, Moonstone is associated with Fertility and Gardening.

All four are attributed to nature, water, cycles, nurturing, and fertilization. Wear Moonstone for childbirth,fertility, growth, and regulating menstrual cycle. This is a great stone for Doctors,Nurses, Technicians, and other Health Care Workers, who sometimes feel they must repress much of what they feel in order to function more effectively, atthe expense of gentleness that comes with empathy and compassion. It will bring emotions and feelings under ones control without becoming hardened to the human suffering they see on a daily basis.

Moonstone will help achieve a balance between heart and mind without losing the gentleness and caring needed,yet keep it in check to allow you to function effectively. Moonstone can come to the aid of many Executives, who have sacrificed feeling emotionally connected to the people that work for them in an effort to function more efficiently, only to find that his employees now are difficult to work with and have little loyalty because of his detachment. You can rebuild a caring environment while maintaining order by allowing yourself to get in touch with the emotional aspects of management. Unhappy workers who feel you are distant and detached are not productive employees. Slip a piece of Moonstone in your pocket to remind you to take the time to ponder decisions from all aspects. In the Eastern cultures, Moonstone was favored for LOVE. They believed that wearing or carrying a moonstone would bring a new love into your life. 

They also believe that holding apiece of moonstone over their hearts after a quarrel, and then exchanging the stones with each other, would bring you back together. For gardening, wear during planting,weeding, or watering, and visualize your garden bursting with fertility as you work. Hang a small wind chime and dangle these stones over your garden, or bury a few small pebbles in the earth. Because of the way it travels thru the Zodiac, Moonstone is also considered a protective stone while traveling,especially at night or on the water. The perfect stone for Swimmers,Sailors and going on vacation cruises. Many people who work with Tarot Cards, Runes, Crystal Balls, Medicine Cards or any other type of divining tool,keep a Moonstone with them to heighten intuition and perceptions while working with them. 

Moonstone fosters happiness,gracefulness, good fortune, hope, spiritual insight, easy childbirth, safe travel on water, new beginnings and adjusting to changes, abundance and ancient wisdom. Especially for water signs. Motherly love, support,encouragement. This stone gets us in touch with our feelings and is linked with the moon. Moonstone is protective of women and nature, and is a sacred stone of the moon goddess. New beginnings, Re-birth. Absorbs pain and illness.

Colors Usually milky with a bluish or yellowish tint. Translucent with white, pink, yellow, soft sheen. 
Women's hormones/menstrual imbalance, lymph. Regenerates the tissues and organs. Heals reproductive system. 
Careers: Health care: Doctors, Nurses,Technicians, and other Health Care workers Other: Sailors, Coast Guard, Activities: Gardening, vacation cruses, swimming, water sports 



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