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Moonstone Engagement Ring Guide

With its ethereal glow as enigmatic as the moon itself, the moonstone has captivated hearts throughout history. Immersed in mystical significance, the moonstone is associated with enhanced intuition, encouraging deeper compassion and empathy and awakening feminine energy. A sublime choice for an engagement ring, the moonstone is a stunning option amongst artistic, bohemian or eclectic brides who appreciate a uniquely exquisite expression of their love.

History & Mythology of Moonstone

Different cultures have admired the magical moonstone since ancient times. Romans believed the stone was born from the rays of moonbeams, and Hindu Mythologyology also deems that the stone is formed from the moon. In India, the moonstone is ordained with sacred meaning and is called the “dream stone.
A round cabochon moonstone engagement ring circled in diamond halo and set in yellow gold
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Mineral: Feldspar 

Origins: Myanmar, Tanzania, Brazil, Madagascar, United States 

Symbols: ntuition, Femininity 

Properties: Compassion, Empathy 

Durability: 6.5 


ENHANCEMENTS

 
None 


CARE

 
Basic Gemstone Care 


SIMILAR GEMSTONES

 
Pearl 


Chalcedony

A moonstone gemstone in unpolished crystal form

What Does a Moonstone Engagement Ring Symbolize?

 
The official birthstone for the month of June, the moonstone also marks a 3rd wedding anniversary. Symbolic of new beginnings and believed to enhance romance in relationships, it is a perfect gemstone to represent a couple’s special bond as they embark on a new chapter of love and adventure.


What to Look for in a Moonstone Engagement Ring

 
You will fall in love with your perfect moonstone engagement ring when you encounter its captivating radiance. As you explore moonstone engagement rings to find your ‘forever ring,’ here are some things to keep in mind.

Color

 
The color of a gemstone is a crucial factor of consideration for engagement ring buyers. Moonstone’s colors exude a scintillating kaleidoscope of hues including yellow, gray, green, blue, peach and pink. Stunning variations of moonstone include rainbow moonstone with a milky appearance that radiates a rainbow-like effect of color when exposed to light. Pink moonstone features dreamy, rosy hues ranging from honey and beige to peach with a white sheen.


Cut

 
The cut of a gemstone is key to revealing its alluring hues and iridescence. In a moonstone, the cut is especially important in protecting the stone from damage, as well as displaying its magical play of color and light. Moonstones are usually shaped into a cabochon cut, which features a convex, rounded top with a flat bottom. Higher profile cabochons reveal more sheen and luster within the stone, heightening its brilliance and enhancing its value. Faceted moonstones are also desirable cuts of the stone, enhancing its shimmer and disguising inclusions that may be present in the stone.


Shape

 
The shape of your moonstone engagement ring, referring to the outline of the stone, is integral in showcasing its luster and shimmer. Popular shapes for moonstone engagement rings include round, oval and pear cuts. Other coveted shapes are marquise, square, teardrop and hexagonal.


Metals

 
With its opalescent glow, moonstone will play beautifully against many metals. A moonstone solitaire set in white gold or silver creates a modern vibe that resembles the look of a diamond engagement ring, but with moonstone’s characteristic rainbow glow. Warmer toned metal such as yellow gold intensify the rosy and peach hues within the stone. If you enjoy a romantic or vintage aesthetic, rose gold offers a stunning, femninine look with nostalgic appeal.

HARDNESS & WEARABILITY

With a hardness rating between 6 and 6.5 on the Mohs scale, moonstone is considered to be a more delicate gemstone. As a softer stone, it is not well suited to everyday wear, but it is ideal for showing off its magical glow on momentous occasions. 

 The moonstone would be an alluring choice among brides who work in hands-on-careers such as chefs, doctors or artists who would only sport their moonstone engagement rings outside of work or at special events. Treat your moonstone engagement ring with love and care to protect it from wear and tear, so it will retain its mesmerizing shine for years to come.
The Moh's hardness scale showing opal at 5, emerald at 7.5, topaz at 8, ruby at 9, and diamond at 10

More on Color

 
The exquisite moonstone is known for possessing a quality of adularescence, meaning that its different layers create a scattered effect of light that reveals an awe-inspiring glow from below the surface of the stone. Inclusions in the moonstone create a gleaming play of color and light that add to its value. Highly prized variations of moonstone cast a blue sheen with a nearly colorless body and flawless clarity. Rare forms of the stone are known for their unusually mesmerizing patterns of light. Refracted rays of light create a star-like effect glimmering on the surface of the stone in moonstones with an asterism pattern. Cat’s eye moonstones are known for their single vivid line of light that evokes the slits of a real cat’s eye.


Setting

 
As moonstone is a more delicate stone, it is crucial to choose a setting that will help protect it from damage. We recommend protective settings such as the bezel which will keep the stone securely in place surrounding this softer stone with support.


Accent Diamonds or Gemstones

 
Amplify the beauty of your opal engagement ring and express your unique personal style with various accent designs. A halo of diamonds will dazzle a moonstone solitaire at center and a pavé band will add even more scintillating sparkle. 

 As an alternative to diamond accents, colored gemstones will create an elegant look when paired with moonstone. Vivid gemstones like amethyst or sapphire will be eye-catching against a dreamy moonstone at center.


Style

 
Which style of moonstone engagement ring speaks to you? From timeless and romantic, to eclectic or statement-making, a wide range of styles will complement the alluring beauty of your moonstone centerpiece. 

 Brides who favor a glamorous and attention-getting look will love a majestic moonstone solitaire in a square shape surrounded by a halo of glittering diamonds that is sure to keep all eyes on you. 

 For boho brides, a faceted moonstone with an irregular shape, creates a natural and earthy, one-of-a-kind appeal. 

 For a dramatic aesthetic with a nod to art deco style, you may enjoy a teardrop moonstone amid a channel of marquise stones underneath or surrounded by baguette stone accents.


Moonstone Engagement Ring Buying Tips

 
One of the most meaningful and major purchases you will make in your life, an engagement ring is something you will cherish forever, symbolizing the unique and special bond between you and your partner. As you’re searching for your ideal engagement ring, here are some things to keep in mind.


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Know Your Budget - Set your budget before you shop to find a comfortable price point. Moonstones with a more translucent body color and a heightened adularescence of blue hues are more highly prized and more costly, while other just as beautiful, translucent variations tend to be more modest in price so you can choose a moonstone engagement ring that suits your budget.
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Know Your Ring Size - As you will adore your engagement ring forever, it is crucial that you know your ring size to ensure that your ring will fit you comfortably. Because moonstone is a softer stone, it is crucial that you get a perfect fit to prevent the ring from snagging or slipping, which could expose it to potential damage.
3
Understand the Care Your Moonstone Needs - As a more delicate gemstone, moonstone must be treated with the proper gemstone care and cleaning precautions to protect it from wear and tear so it will sparkle for decades to come.
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Consider Personalizing Your Ring - Consider personalizations to make your moonstone engagement ring uniquely yours with a one-of-a-kind style that captures your desired look. You can opt for a mixed-metal or hand-carved band, add accent stones, or include a personalized engraving.
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Choose a Reputable Retailer - Choose a trustworthy retailer like us, who values honesty and integrity with the highest quality selection of gemstones available on the market. Detailed product descriptions and a fair return policy are features you should seek in a reputable retailer.     

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