Monday, May 18, 2015

Moonstone or Opalite? How to Spot the Difference

Moonstone v. Opalite
I'm glad there are people who read my blog!  And I have gotten a few questions lately regarding Moonstone and Opalite, and how to tell which is which.

It's really pretty easy to tell if something is Opalite---which is just glass, and not a gemstone---or if it's Moonstone.  And lately, sellers are really pushing this glass Opalite as "Opalite Quartz" claiming it's a natural stone!  It is NOT, it is still just glass, no matter how many times deceitful sellers say it.

OPALITE


Opalite Nuggets
This is a man-made variety of glass.  It's NOT a gemstone, not opal or moonstone or quartz, but is just a very pretty glass and its trade name is Opalite.  A large number of sellers online (Ebay, Etsy, and elsewhere) simply sell it as "Opalite" or "Opalite Quartz" and sometimes even describe metaphysical properties of this glass.  But Opalite is ALWAYS glass, not a gemstone, and I can't imagine what "healing properties" glass might have.  Many sellers unfortunately refer to Opalite as "Sea Opal" or "Moonstone"or just "Opal", and lots of other VERY misleading or downright false names for this glass stone.  It is NOT any type of opal, and is most definitely NOT moonstone.  And it certainly doesn't form as a crystal! 

Opalite is often carved into figures, like talismans or Buddhas and skulls, etc., and lately carved or molded into crystal "point" shapes, and is sold as strands of beads or briolettes.
Opalite Donut

It is also carved into faceted briolettes, smooth cabochons, smooth circles, hearts, ovals, rounds, squares, and other gemstone-like cuts that are sold as jewelry items.

HOW TO TELL IF IT'S OPALITE

Opalite "Point"
Opalite may have a sort of "glow" and is carefully photographed to enhance this glow.  But Opalite is perfectly CLEAR, meaning no inclusions at all.  There are tiny bubbles captured within the glass, which you can see in person and sometimes in photos, which are almost always found in glass.  Opalite has a milky white translucent appearance with golden highlights when viewed against light backgrounds.  But when opalite is placed against a dark background, it will have a blue glow.

In other words, the "glow" of Opalite glass changes when viewed against light or dark backgrounds.

Also, Opalite glass is VERY inexpensive, and can be found in hobby stores like Michaels (marked "Opalite Glass") for about $5 for an entire strand of beads.

MOONSTONE
Moonstone against light background

Moonstone against dark background

Moonstone is a real gemstone, a member of the Feldspar family that also includes Labradorite and Sunstone, as well as Rainbow Moonstone and Amazonite.

Moonstone is made of two minerals---orthoclase and albite---which form in stacked layers within the stone.  When light shines on this gemstone, the thin, flat layers scatter the light in a unique way, causing a phenomenon called "adularescence".  Adularescence is the shimmering glow that moves across the gem, like a ghostly and ever-changing glow, as you move the gemstone.   Moonstone has this shimmering blue glow, whether it is against a white background, dark background, or none at all!  The glow follows the light in bright flashes.
Genuine Moonstone

Rainbow Moonstone is actually not moonstone, but is a variety of Labradorite.  It also has adularescence in a variety of colors---blues, pinks, yellows, purples, greens, reds----hence the name.
Faceted Rainbow Moonstone

HOW TO TELL IF IT IS MOONSTONE

Just by looking at the Moonstone, most of the time, you can see these "layers" within the stone.  The Moonstone will have "inclusions" or "cracks" and other features within the stone, and won't be perfectly clear like glass.  There are some VERY high-end Moonstones that look nearly clear, but even these will not have that milky glass appearance like Opalite.

Rainbow Moonstones also have these "layers" within the gem, as does labradorite.

WHEN IN DOUBT...

You could always just ask the seller if they are selling genuine Moonstone, or Opalite!  Any honest seller will tell you the truth.  Or if you still have doubts, just ask me and I'll be glad to take a look and see if I can tell.







106 comments:

  1. Thank you SO much! This has been very helpful. Do you think these below are real rainbow moonstone? I am very skeptical, lol!

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/249527832/rare-pair-of-real-rainbow-moonstone?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=shopping_us_e-jewelry-body_jewelry-other&utm_custom1=c4c4ef20-6049-4002-9553-acb314895233&gclid=CIrngIWvlsoCFZEXHwodYEoMyA

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  2. They actually DO look like genuine moonstones (or labradorite)! I can see a little bit of blue "flash" in the stones. Also, I learned something new---there really are black tourmaline inclusions found in moonstone (feldspar) gems! So that's was interesting. Thank you for asking!

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  3. I have a necklace,bracelet,screw on back earrings that are in pure silver with what is suppose to be moonstones as the gems in this unique jewelry that my great grandmother use to own. I don't really know how to tell if they are real moonstones.I have read up on how you can tell the difference but it's really hard and I know that this jewelry is really old because she had it got it back when she was in here maybe teens or early twenties. So may question is when or if you know when synthetic moonstone started coming out? She past away in 2005 and she was 98 yrs old then. Sorry so long but was just wondering.

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  4. Sorry it was in 1995 when my great grandmother past away and she was 98 yrs old at that time.

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  5. It could very well be genuine moonstones! But simulated gems have been around for many, many years. Without seeing the jewelry, it could be another gemstone, or glass. But Moonstones always have that special glow that appears in the light---"schiller"---that is a flash of color. Does this happen when you look at the jewelry in the sunlight? And you could just bring it to a jeweler near you and ask--they could probably help you. It sounds beautiful and very special!

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  6. The glass Opalite that you see everywhere now was introduced in Hong Kong in 1988. So it's VERY unlikely that your great grandmother's jewelry has opalite in it, and it's very likely that those are moonstones or some other gemstone. Thank you so much for asking!

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  7. Hey so i bought a moonstone bracelete from this little shop that sells jewerly made from gemstones and i also bought a jade one...i tried scratching the jade one and putting water on it and it didn't scratch nor did water slide off so it must be genuine...i tought because of that that the moonstone one should be real aswell (i bought each for 5$ which is a bit pricy for a bracelete in my country) but after i read this i noticed a bubble in one of the beads on the moonstone one but it seems to have a blue tint always and also pink purple and yellow under the light and it doesn't have layers inside (the beads are the size of peas) so i'm not sure if it's real..What do you think?

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  8. Well, it's hard to say without seeing the moonstones! Some moonstones are very clear with just the blue "flash" (no "layers") and sometimes minerals can have little bubbles inside, or inclusions that look like bubbles. Rainbow moonstone does have different colors, like pinks and yellows, under the light, so it could very well be genuine moonstones! It sounds lovely and I'm sure you'll enjoy wearing both your moonstone bracelet and your jade bracelet!

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  9. Hi there I have a nice collection of rough stone,I took a few pieces to a jeweller who said that they were moonstone, am I able to email u a few photos to confirm this?

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    1. Sure! Rough moonstone is a great looking stone! I'd love to see pictures, but if a jeweler confirmed it and if they look like the pictures you'd find if you google "rough moonstone" I'm sure it is! You can post a link here, or send me an email directly at WabiSabiChic @ gmail. com (no spaces of course). Thank you!

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  10. Hi there, I just recently read this blog post, and I'm very hopeful you'd be able to help me with my stone dilemma. So recently, I bought a very pretty Moonstone during my trip to Saudi Arabia. It was very cheap, and I'm suspicious it might be fake or an Opalite. I couldn't ask the seller himself because he spoke very limited English and couldn't understand what I was saying, so I had to assume it was a real Moonstone.

    The stone I bought doesn't have any facets or layers, but it also doesn't have any bubbles inside of it. After reading your article, I did notice these tiny little pinprick sized cracks and dents on the surface and tiny black spots here and there. I also noticed a significant dent-like imperfection on the edge of its cut which is rough to the touch, as if the seller couldn't properly polish that area.

    Color-wise, the stone is translucent, and isn't milky like the Opalites I searched up online. It has a golden and very occasionally pink glow when hit with natural light, but the blue dominates most of the surface regardless of the background color, a bit like the donut-shaped Opalite picture you posted. The blue does tend to move around depending on the light angle though...

    Here's some pictures I took of it, so you can judge it for yourself http://postimg.org/image/3y7c3xf2r/

    Fingers crossed that it's a genuine Moonstone...

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  11. Hello! It's so hard to tell from your pictures, but my first impression is that it's more like Opalite or perhaps lavender moon quartz. "Moon quartz" is a genuine gemstone, and if you google that and look at images, maybe it looks like your gem.

    Opalite is pretty translucent, and looks very blue overall against a dark background (like your pics). They can be cut and polished in a less "manufactured" look so they seem more like gemstones. Here is a good picture I just saw on the net. It's someone holding tumbled Opalite nuggets. Does this look like the stone you have? https://www.pinterest.com/pin/441212094715267104/

    But here is a picture of a very blue looking moonstone that is very high quality and would be very expensive! The moonstone in the picture looks very blue overall (and looks almost like a star sapphire) but still has the distinctive "shimmer" (almost like a cat's eye effect in this picture). Here's that link: http://www.gemologyonline.com/moonstone.html

    I wish I could assure you that your stone is a moonstone! Or a moon quartz! But from your pictures, it is really hard to say for sure, but it looks more like Opalite to me rather than moonstone. There are very clear moonstones that have almost no visible "layers" within and show flashes of bright blue in the light, but are quite expensive.

    Your very best bet would be to have a jeweler take a look at your stone! A good jeweler could tell right away if it's glass or moonstone.

    I hope it's moonstone! Or the beautiful "lavender moon quartz"! But even if it's not, it's still beautiful and a lovely memento of your fantastic trip to Saudi Arabia!

    Thank you so much for asking! I hope I've helped a little.

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  12. Hi, I just finished with this post and it was really helpful. I was just wondering if you might be able to help me identify the stone in the link that's below. I think it might not be a moonstone based on this post but it never hurts to be sure. Thanks for the help!
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/249462412/the-leaf-ring-with-moonstone-jewelry

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    1. Hi, You are right in thinking this is not moonstone. One good way to tell.. besides how it looks, is the obvious low price. I get very annoyed when sellers claim their items are moonstone, and not opalite. Opalite is beautiful in its own right, but is not a stone, and is much less expensive than moonstone.
      So, you were right to think this listing was not moonstone.
      www.artisansofold.com

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    2. Yes, Opalite is really pretty, but I also hate seeing it being sold as "moonstone" or "opalite quartz" and all those other "gemstone" type names. It's not quartz or any mineral---just glass, although a very pretty glass! Opalite always looks solidly blue when against a darker background (like in a bezel setting sometimes) and doesn't have that mysterious "flash" of blue shimmer. And the low price would also tell me that it's in a base metal (which could be anything, including nickel) which a jeweler would never use with a genuine moonstone.

      Thanks again!

      -Dawn

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  13. I'm sorry for the delay in getting back to you! I've looked at that ring....well, I hate to say anything negative about specific shops, but that doesn't look like moonstone at all to me. It does look more like Opalite. It's just $11 and is supposedly set in brass--not any sort of precious metal like silver--so it's pretty doubtful that it's a gemstone. I saw another ring they have with what looks like the same stone and they're describing it as "opal". I'm pretty sure it's neither opal nor moonstone, but opalite.

    I would also be unsure that their rings are actually "brass" as they are silvery, and could be really any metal including things that might contain nickel or even lead.

    You could ask the seller for an assurance that the ring is a gemstone, and that if tested it turns out to be glass (opalite) they'd refund you for shipping both ways.

    In this case, I think it's "you get what you pay for" so if you're okay with Opalite set in a sort of "mystery metal" and it's worth $11 for you, and you like it, then get it! If you're looking for a genuine gemstone in a ring that will last for a long time, maybe that isn't the store!

    Thanks for asking!

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  14. Hello Dawn,

    Thank you for this most informative post.

    I purchased the following pendant recently. The description reads 'Opalite Moonstone'... Your thoughts please? Many thanks in advance.

    http://spiritmagic.net/collections/opalite/products/lapis-lazuli-and-amethyst-gemmed-moonstone-pendant

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    1. Hi, Mayoress! I've looked at the pendant, and it's quite pretty! The "blade" portion is definitely Opalite, which is a glass. I don't see any moonstone at all! The little pear Amethyst cabochon could be genuine (it looks like it) and the lapis cab at the top might be genuine (it's hard to tell, but it looks genuine). My real question is, what metal is that? If it's sterling silver, the description doesn't mention it (and I'd think they would!) and I'm always leery of "mystery metals" because they could contain nickel (allergies!) or even lead.

      I see they have another pendant in that same style that's purple fluorite with amethyst and a little moonstone at the top---that moonstone DOES look genuine.

      They refer to Opalite as a "gemstone" with metaphysical properties on their site. While it truly is a beautiful stone and is very mysterious looking, it's really not a gem at all (just glass)!

      However, if you love it and enjoy wearing and it brings you comfort and peace, then that's what really matters. If you were looking for a genuine moonstone--then that's not it, unfortunately.

      I hope this helps!

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    2. Hello again, Dawn ~

      Ever so grateful to you for taking the time and energy to look into my query and send me this prompt reply clarifying that the piece is actually glass and not Moonstone.

      I actually only purchased it because I thought it was genuine Moonstone and I was more interested in the metaphysical properties described rather than its physical appearance. However, it did come to me at the last minute when I was not even intending to buy it, so I know that it wants to connect with me for some reason or another ;-)

      And, yes, whether or not the metal is Sterling Silver. Hmm... Perhaps I should drop them a line and ask.

      I find it is more suitable as a table or shelf decoration. It does not feel comfortable worn round my neck.

      Again, so much appreciation to you for your reply and for this most amazing blog. So very helpful indeed!!

      Many Blessings!!

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    3. It's been my pleasure! Thank you so much for reading my blog! :)

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  15. Hi! Wondering if you could have a look at this ring for me and let me know if it's genuine moonstone? Thanks!

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/245493654/rainbow-moonstone-ring-boho-ring

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    1. Hello! I looked at the ring, and it does indeed look like genuine Moonstone! It's also very, very pretty!

      Thank you so much for asking!
      -Dawn

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  16. Hi dawn.
    About to buy this and wondering what your opinion is:
    http://m.ebay.es/itm/262452305591

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  17. Hi, Alejandra!

    That's a lovely genuine Rainbow Moonstone---in a very interesting, nice sterling setting! The stone itself is 15mm x 10mm, and I'm only mentioning that because the picture is so huge! (Very close up) But it's definitely genuine----good luck bidding on it!!

    Thank you for asking!
    -Dawn

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  18. Can you tell if these are moonstone or just the knock off? I already bought some from the same guy that look similar, but wanted to verify.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/8MM-NATURAL-RAINBOW-MOONSTONE-GEMSTONE-ROUND-BEADS-/191888432180?hash=item2cad711c34:g:-0cAAOSw9eVXWJrc

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    1. They look like they could be some type of moonstone, although I don't see any blue flashes whatsoever. Rainbow moonstone, if it's high quality, would have a lot of flashes of color. This could be some type of feldspar, or moonstone, but I can't tell by their picture.

      Thanks for asking!

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    2. In looking at this ebay seller's listings, any they have many listings for these 8mm round rainbow moonstones, some of the pictures do show a TINY bit of blue flash. So I'd say that yes, these are genuine moonstones, and not glass or something. I do hope that when yours arrive, they look much better than they do in the pictures! Nice quality rainbow moonstones should be at least somewhat transparent (not totally opaque) with lots of flashes of color in the light, as my pictures in this post show.

      Thanks for asking, Amanda!

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  19. Hello, i just bought a few pieces of "moonstone" in pendant form now that i look at it and read your blog it seems as if it is opalite. Would you be able to take a look at it and confirm if i send you pictures ? Im upset now i feel as if ive been ripped off

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  20. Thanks for your sharing! It is very useful! 😊

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    1. I'm glad to help! Thank you for your kind words!
      -Dawn :)

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  21. Hi! I was wondering if these are genuine moonstones or not (they don't look like opalite to me, but I'm not sure)!
    The price is low, I guess it's because they're sold from Bulgaria.
    Thanks in advance

    https://goo.gl/CstCTh

    https://goo.gl/eJS2lA

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    1. Hi!
      Somehow the links to the pictures didn't show up (or aren't working). If you could resend them, I'll take a look!!

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    2. These should work, thank you!

      https://www.etsy.com/listing/249358253/

      https://www.etsy.com/listing/262874213/

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  22. Ah yes---those links worked! And yes, those are genuine rainbow moonstones, not opalite!

    Thanks for the links and thank you for asking!

    -Dawn

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  23. May i please email you and send you pictures of the "moonstone" i bought to confirm if its real or fake?

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  24. Hi! I know I'm a little late but I was wondering if you could tell me if either of these are genuine moonstones


    https://www.etsy.com/listing/457297678/sterling-silver-moonstone-ring-faceted?ref=cat_gallery_13&ga_ref=similar_listings_row&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/470623801/blue-moonstone-ring-antiqued-sterling?ref=similar_listings_row


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    1. Hi, Alexis!

      Those two rings are unique and beautiful, and YES those are lovely faceted genuine moonstones!

      Thank you for asking! If you bought those rings (or either one), enjoy!!

      -Dawn

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  25. Hi there, I am looking at this vintage ring being sold as moonstone . I would be interested to know your input . Thank you so much :)

    http://vi.raptor.ebaydesc.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemDescV4&item=311465566384&category=164343&pm=1&ds=0&t=1474082373190

    Please let me know if link does not work .

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    1. Hi, Jennifer! I looked at the ring, and yes it does look like a genuine moonstone! Hopefully in direct light (like sunlight) it will have some flashes of blue color because that's what makes moonstone so beautiful. I can see it's set in genuine sterling silver also.

      I hope this helps! Thank you so much for asking!

      -Dawn

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  26. Yay ! Thank you so much :) I value your opinion and will buy it now with confidence ! Have a great day

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    1. Oh thanks, Jennifer! I hope you enjoy wearing your beautiful moonstone ring!

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  27. I got my ring in and it is soooo beautiful and it does indeed flash a really nice blue backlighting when the light hits it ,I need to figure out how to clean the silver majorly but without damage to the stone , but I am thrilled with the purchase !

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    1. WOW, that is a nice, huge moonstone and the ring is just beautiful! I'll send you an email about cleaning it. Enjoy wearing that gorgeous ring!!

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  28. Hello i liked this article about moonstone and opalite. and i just recently bought a necklace pendant that was in a mix of moonstone and rainbow moonstone. is their a definitive way to tell if this is genuine moonstone or the rainbow moonstone? the sellers said that the one i picked was rainbow but i am not certain.

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    1. Rainbow Moonstone has a distinctive blue "flash" of color in direct lighting (or even indirect lighting). I tried to help identify genuine Moonstone in my blog post above, but if that doesn't help---you could send me a picture and I'd be happy to see if I could tell if it's genuine from your picture! Thanks for asking!
      -Dawn

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  29. I have what I thought was a large egg shaped, heavy & large moonstone. If you look up "worlds Largest moonstone" on youtube you will see almost a "twin" of mine. Now I'm thinking opalite. Your thoughts Please?

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  30. I just looked at that youtube video. I definitely can't tell much from that video---it could be anything! It could be moonstone, or a lump of frosted or etched glass (like opalite) or plastic, or some other gem. It has a vague blue cast but I can't even be sure that's in the stone or from a light above!
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    I just googled "moonstone discovered 1918 Mt. Kilimanjaro" and found a couple of things. First, the owner of this stone posted more pictures of it on a mineral website, asking there if it was moonstone. And the people on that site answered that they couldn't tell from pictures---that it could be anything, natural or manmade. And they gave him some pointers about testing it to see what it really is. Here, you can see for yourself:
    http://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/viewtopic.php?t=2150&sid=d45a9df07a2e256cf6cf63dea442f6fe

    So whether you have a large moonstone or not--I don't know! If it looks just like the one in the youtube video, it's POSSIBLE that it's moonstone. But it's also possible that it's "frosted" opalite or even something else. Opalite appears to be blue when placed against a dark or black background (like in the video) and then has a more golden color when on a light background. The youtube video and the pictures on that website show the egg-shaped stone only on a black background--so it could very well be opalite. If yours also looks blue against a dark background, but more of a golden color otherwise, then it's more likely to be opalite.

    Having it looked at in person by a gemologist would be the only way to know for sure!

    Thanks for asking!

    -Dawn

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    1. Ah, so in looking a little further online, the highly reputable IGS (International Gem Society) has a picture of that VERY same moonstone "egg" and identifies it as a moonstone! So perhaps the owner of that stone had it verified by a gemologist. Here is the IGS page, about halfway down:
      https://www.gemsociety.org/article/moonstone-jewelry-gem-information/

      Hopefully the large egg-shaped "twin" that you have is also a Moonstone! How lucky you'd be if that's the case! But only a gemologist can tell you for sure.

      Thanks again---this was interesting!

      -Dawn

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  31. Hey, I was just wondering if this is possibly a real moonstone? My best friend lost her moonstone necklace a while ago and I want to buy her a new one for her birthday

    https://www.etsy.com/nz/listing/293891025/rainbow-moonstone-blue-moonstone?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=moonstone%20necklace&ref=sr_gallery_1

    Thanks!

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    1. Hi, Tess!

      YES, those are genuine Moonstones! A very excellent price too, btw! I'm sure your best friend will love one of these.
      Thank you so much for asking!

      -Dawn

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  32. Hi I really like this piece but am unsure about it as it has these black marks in it?

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/220690878/10-sale-gemshow-white-rainbow-moonstone?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=moonstone%20pendulum&ref=sr_gallery_10

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    1. Hello!

      Yes, those look like genuine rainbow moonstones! However, the higher quality moonstones would be nearly transparent, or semi-transparent, without those black rock-like inclusions. I'm not sure what those black specks are but are probably pieces of the host rock, and the stones do display that distinctive blue "flash" in some of the pictures, so these are moonstones (although not high quality ones). Id say it's a matter of your own personal taste if you like the look with the black or brown splotches and lines. It gives the pendant a more "rustic" look and "raw" gemstones are very popular!

      Thanks for asking!

      -Dawn

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  33. Hi dawn. I bought what I assumed was to "crystals" at a metaphysical store and upon investigation I feel I may not be able to properly tell if I have opalite or not. Is there any way you can help me tell please?

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  34. Hi Dawn! I just purchased a moonstone ring, and now I'm wondering if it's genuine or not. I read that rainbow moonstones aren't genuine moonstones. It would be disheartening if this is the case and I actually bought a fake moonstone. If you could tell me if this is actually a genuine moonstone, that would make my day! Thank you for your time!


    https://www.moonstoneshop.com/collections/moonstone-rings/products/moonstone-ring-starfishes

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  35. Hello!

    The ring in your link isn't a fake stone--it's a genuine feldspar "rainbow moonstone". There are different colors of moonstones---the traditional moonstone with the blue adularescence, plus grey, peach, and white Moonstones which show more of a cat's eye effect. Rainbow Moonstone is technically a trade name for a feldspar gem that has more than just the blue color (a "rainbow" of colors) and is a popular and accepted type of "moonstone". HOWEVER, it technically is a "species" of feldspar---a variety of labradorite.

    Here is some great information from the GIA about Moonstones and the other varieties of feldspar:

    https://www.gia.edu/moonstone-description

    On their website, it says this: "Rainbow moonstone is transparent labradorite, a closely related feldspar mineral with sheen in a variety of iridescent colors." And then they also say, "To be called moonstone, a mineral’s actual identity is not as important as the beauty of its adularescence." So that's why I, personally, consider Rainbow Moonstone to be a Moonstone. It can be absolutely transparent with mostly blue adularescence but with hints of yellows or pinks, etc., and to me, it's just as beautiful (at least!).

    Either way, Moonstone or Rainbow Moonstone---those are genuine gemstones!

    I hope this helps, and thank you for asking!

    -Dawn

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  36. Thank you for your response. So true moonstones are orthoclase not labradorite?

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    1. Yes, technically, Moonstones are of the orthoclase species of feldspar. Rainbow Moonstones are technically the labradorite species of feldspar.

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  37. Okay, thanks for taking the time to respond. I believe I have a better understanding now. Hopefully this ring will be every thing that I want, and have similar healing properties.

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    1. I hope your ring is everything you want also!! It's lovely. Just FYI, here are some metaphysical attributes of each of the gems. They're very similar, and to me, the Rainbow Moonstone's lore is more powerful:

      MOONSTONE: a stone of intuition and insight; helps balance emotions and relieves stress and increases patience; attracts good luck and good fortune; Ancient cultures believed that if you hold a moonstone in your mouth during a full moon, you can see into the future.

      RAINBOW MOONSTONE: a magical stone with powerful protective properties which deflect negativity; helps its wearer find their true path in life; a stone of intuition and insight; balances emotions and increases patience; increases creativity; clears the mind and senses to allow for calm sleep; helps bring out psychic abilities.
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      Good luck with your beautiful new ring! Thanks again!

      -Dawn

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  38. I bought a natural moon Stone Pendant from silver sterling but it has no bubbles so I Don't Know if it is real or fake?????

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    1. A genuine Moonstone probably would NOT have bubbles in it. Glass often does. So if no bubbles, and it's set in sterling silver, it's most likely genuine! Yay! I hope this helps, and thanks for reading my blog!

      -Dawn

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  39. https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/275237440/1418k-opal-aurora-ring-gold-ethiopian?ref=shop_home_active_80#

    Would you be able to tell me if these are genuine

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    1. Hi, Paige! Yes, those look like beautiful genuine Opals, set in solid gold. The great thing about Etsy is that you can always buy it, have it looked at by a jeweler (gemologist) just to be sure it's as described, and if not, you can return it! But I'm sure those are genuine gemstones---and Ethiopian opals are really beautiful, so I think you'd be happy with it! (Those are also genuine moonstones in the picture that shows other gems as well!)
      Thank you for asking!
      -Dawn

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  40. I'm unsure which to get, I love them both! Any recommendations?

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    1. They're both just beautiful (and I LOVE the rose gold myself) but I'd choose the Ethiopian opal. Those are just spectacular gemstones! That would be my choice. Of course, I'd love to have either (or both)!!! Good luck in choosing one! Either way, it will be fantastic!
      -D:)

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  41. Hi,
    I was planning on buying some moonstone from a seller which are rather highly priced. Could you take a look for me and let me know if they are genuine?

    1) https://www.etsy.com/listing/211822126/448-ctover-100-yrs-rare-and-classic

    2) https://www.etsy.com/listing/266209963/454-ct-gorgeous-burmese-moonstone?ref=related-3

    3) https://www.etsy.com/listing/240814974/410-ct-more-than-100-yrs-old-beautiful?ref=related-6

    4) https://www.etsy.com/listing/477691907/300-ct-fine-quality-ceylon-blue?ref=related-5

    Would be great to have your input!

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  42. Hello!
    OK, Ive taken a look:
    (1) That is genuine! But sold.
    (2) Genuine moonstone, but very expensive.
    (3) Also genuine Moonstone, but extremely expensive. The certification from "IGI" doesn't really mean anything--just FYI.
    (4) Same as #3 - genuine Moonstone, but very expensive.

    So, yes, those are genuine Moonstones. Those certifications are not from a reliable source---but the stones are genuine nonetheless. Genuine Moonstones can be expensive, but these are high price tags for stones purchased over the internet. If you are located near this gem seller, then perhaps you could see them in person before purchasing.
    Their other gemstones, such as Peridot, appear genuine but also VERY pricey. Sellers can set prices as high as they want, or as high as people are willing to pay. High price tags don't always equal better quality---just a high markup.

    I hope this helps--and thank you for asking!

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  43. I just wanted to add that I took a look around Etsy and the general price for a nice quality blue Moonstone (from Sri Lanka or as it was previously known, Ceylon) is about $80 a carat, roughly. I also looked at gemselect.com who also has only genuine gemstones, and their Moonstones are priced in wide ranges, so you might want to take a look there. Otherwise, the Etsy seller you linked to has genuine Moonstones that look nice!

    Thanks again!

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  44. Hi. I have a question about the difference between orthoclase moonstone and what I'll call white labradorite (for the sake of clarity). I've seen OM that appears almost completely without inclusions and has a satin sheen and a cat's eye effect along with the adularescence. I have also read from some gemological articles and blogs that OM can also glow with other colors besides blue and white and comes highly included making it almost identical to WL. My question is, how does one tell the difference? I've read that real OM is never other than blue or white but in the same reading I've also seen pictures of it clearly displaying yellow, orange and green flash. Are all moonstones that are cloudy and sort of fractal in fact labradorite or are there true moonstones that are included in such a way that they appear indistinguishable from white labradorite but are still orthoclase? It's all very confusing.

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    1. Yes, it's VERY confusing to everyone! I wrote a post recently in an attempt to explain some of the differences and there are links to gemological sites regarding orthoclase moonstone v. rainbow moonstone and labradorite. The info on the GIA.edu website is what I consider to be the best. Here's a link to my post, and I hope this helps! If you're still confused----join the club! haha Seriously, there is no definitive answer, except to have gems tested by a gemologist. Anyway, I hope this link helps:

      http://invoguejewelry.blogspot.com/2017/02/moonstone-v-rainbow-moonstone-same-or.html

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  45. hi i was wondering if these were real genuine moonstone not rainbow moonstone
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M1LN0KM/ref=ox_sc_act_image_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A2YLAKH6K3GK8L
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01CI2QZ92/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3PN8IZW4LRN45

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    1. Hi, Lacey!
      Those look like Rainbow Moonstones. But it's really hard to tell for SURE unless you have a gemologist test the stone. The low price says it's Rainbow Moonstone, and genuine Moonstones (which have a slightly different chemical make-up) are very expensive. In my opinion, those are NICE Rainbow Moonstone pieces and the price is great, so I'd get them!
      I wrote a little more about the difference between Moonstones and Rainbow Moonstones (which is VERY confusing even to jewelers and mineralogists) but it might help:
      http://invoguejewelry.blogspot.com/2017/02/moonstone-v-rainbow-moonstone-same-or.html

      Thanks, Lacey!

      -Dawn :)

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  46. Hi Dawn

    I was wondering if i could get your expert opinion on this ring i saw online...

    I sincerely appreciate this article of yours and looking through the URLs everyone has been putting up, i am getting a better idea of what is a real moonstone. Indeed there is this flash of blue.

    For this ring i am looking at, i am not sure if the white cast is due to the over exposure of the photo?? Or if it is a real moonstone.

    Would love if you could take a few minutes to look at it.

    https://www.etsy.com/sg-en/listing/271462090/vintage-moonstone-floral-engagement-ring?ref=shop_home_active_23

    Thank you!

    Best wishes
    Jolene

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  47. Jolene, you have great taste because that ring is gorgeous!! Yes, that's a genuine Moonstone (probably Rainbow Moonstone) and they're really hard to photograph because the blue shimmer moves and changes. But YES, a genuine gem and not opalite or anything!

    If you decide to buy that ring, which is expensive, I hope you ask to see the actual Moonstone you would get. Each one is different and some have more blue or white flash/glow than others. And also keep in mind, the more transparent the Moonstone (most have white "streaks") the more the gem is worth (and the more beautiful the stone). I can see from that jeweler's other photos that they offer a LOT of gorgeous moonstones so I'm sure they will work with you to find the right gem for your ring!

    Thanks for asking! Enjoy your GORGEOUS ring!

    -Dawn

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    1. Hi Dawn!

      Thanks for the absolute speedy reply. I wasn't expecting that (thought you were going to reply in a week or two lol...)

      Would you say that based on the photo it is a lot of white flash (lower value)? Because i am comparing it to the other esty and ebay URL the others have place up (theirs does not have this white streaks) but then again i am not sure if it is the seller's photography.

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  48. Hi, Jolene!

    That particular ring has a faceted moonstone, and most moonstones are cabochons (not faceted). I've seen faceted moonstones, and I even own one myself, although they're not common, and from what I've seen, the faceted moonstones have been a slightly lesser quality. The cabochon shape of a moonstone allows for the light to "dance" across the gem. I think jewelers will facet some moonstones to direct the light into the stone to create more of that "dance" of adularescence. But that said, the faceted gems are very pretty---but they do seem to be more "cloudy" or almost "pastel" in color, rather than the cabochons. (A cabochon is a rounded dome shape, flat on the back.)

    All I can suggest is to ask the seller to see better pictures of the ACTUAL gem you'd be receiving in your ring. I noticed some of her other rings have moonstone cabochons---and those look very clear and nice. She uses her own "stock" photos so the actual gem you'd get might be very different than the one pictured. Like any gemstone, they're all unique!

    Moonstones aren't graded like diamonds are, and so it's just a matter of what you like----but most people would want a moonstone that has bright flashes of blue that dances across the stone as it moves in the light. It's that "phantom glow" that makes moonstones so beautiful and popular.

    Also, bear in mind that Rainbow Moonstone is a form of light-colored labradorite, and are in my opinion MORE beautiful than actual Moonstones. (The difference between the gems is very technical and confusing! But they are different.) Rainbow Moonstones can also be very transparent, and are difficult to differentiate from moonstones. But Rainbow Moonstones are somewhat less expensive than actual Moonstones, so you may want to keep that in mind when selecting a gem.

    I realize this is very confusing---it's confusing to gemologists too! I tried to write about the difference between Moonstones and Rainbow Moonstones in my blog recently--and it was really hard to research and write! So I say, just purchase what you love! But just be sure to see many pictures of the actual gem you would be purchasing---just like if you would buy a gem in person and choose it yourself. The seller would be happy to send you as many pics as you need to decide!

    (Her pictures seem really high-res and probably really look just like the gemstone did in person. But that is just one ring---each moonstone will look a little different, some clearer, some bluer, some cloudier.)

    Thanks again!

    -Dawn

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    1. Jolene, here's my post about Moonstones v. Rainbow Moonstones. They're different gems, but VERY similar. I hope this helps---but it's VERY confusing to tell the difference! To me, they're the same. There are a couple of pictures of nice quality faceted rainbow moonstones in this blog entry too. I hope this helps!

      http://invoguejewelry.blogspot.com/2017/02/moonstone-v-rainbow-moonstone-same-or.html

      - Dawn :)

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  49. Not sure how to tell what beads I have. They have the glow of moonstone but have darker parts as well. Not sure how to add a photo.

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    1. If you have a photosharing acct (like flickr or something) you could post a link, or you could send me the picture directly to my email: invoguejewelry@gmail.com. I'd be happy to take a look!

      Rainbow Moonstone is a type of labradorite, which can range from transparent to light grey to very dark grey. Also there can be black flecks inside the stones. So if it has that distinctive flash of color, then it's probably rainbow moonstone! But I can tell by looking at a picture if you'd like to send me an email!

      Thanks for asking,

      -Dawn

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  50. Hi Dawn! I recently bought this ring and I just wanted to know if this was moonstone or not! http://depop.com/cheystarrh/cheystarrh-beautiful-moonstone-sterling-silver-ring

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    1. Hi,Kelly! YES, that's a genuine moonstone--and it's very pretty!

      Thank you for asking! Enjoy your beautiful ring!

      -Dawn

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  51. Hi there! Beautiful blog post :) I am considering purchasing a moonstone and I found two different items on etsy, and I wanted to ask if you would be willing to take a look as see if either looks like a real moonstone?

    1: https://www.etsy.com/listing/270193394/genuine-moonstone-rainbow-moonstone-blue?ref=shop_review

    2: https://www.etsy.com/listing/293891025/genuine-moonstone-rainbow-moonstone-blue?ref=shop_review

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  52. Sam---yes, those are genuine Rainbow Moonstones! And at a great price!! I like the pear-shaped ones myself and I'm thinking about buying one without any chain---the reviews in their feedback are great as well.

    Thanks for reading my blog, and for asking!

    - Dawn :)

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  53. I just wanted to tell people that opalite isn't glass. There are pieces of glass sold that are called opalite, but it isn't. Opalite is opal, but manmade instead of taken out of nature.
    So the glass pieces are a ripoff of a ripoff

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    1. Hello, and thanks for your comment! The material that is sold as "Opalite" in jewelry that I've written about several times in my blog most definitely IS glass. It is NOT a gemstone, but is a trade name for a particular type of GLASS.

      If you are referring to Kyocera "synthetic" opals---those have been marketed as a manmade opal (manmade or lab-grown gems are known as "synthetic"). Synthetics MUST have the same chemical, physical and optical properties as the natural counterpart. Kyocera opals do look like opals, but don't contain water like natural opals and therefore are not the same. Here is a link to a study that determined that these are SIMULATED opals, and not synehtics. Per the GIA:

      https://www.gia.edu/doc/Synthetic-or-Imitation-An-Investigation-of-the-Products-of-Kyocera-Corporation-That-Show-Play-Of-Color

      The conclusion is that they are NOT true synthetic, or created, opals.

      Opalite is a type of iridescent glass, made in Hong Kong, which is NOT a gemstone and is known as "opalite glass". Recently the word "glass" has been omitted from jewelers' descriptions, and unscrupulous sellers are trying to say this is a gem--often sold as "moonstone opal" and things like that. IT IS NOT. NOT EVER.

      I hope this helps! And thanks for your comment.

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  54. I was hoping this was a natural moonstone bead necklace- yet received today and not sure. It is quite heavy, and I don't see any bubbles- I would appreciate if you would give your opinion? http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Moonstone-Beaded-30-Necklace-1494/191964234384?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

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    1. Ari, from those pictures, the beads don't really look like Opalite. They could be moonstones, but they don't look like moonstones really either! I can't tell. I don't see any sort of glow or flash in any of the pictures (not a white shimmering glow like in white moonstone or a blue flash of color, like in rainbow moonstone). When you shine a penlight or hold the beads in direct light like sunlight do you see any color flashes? Any shimmering glow that moves with the light? I'm sorry, but I think you'd have to have a jeweler take a look and examine them to be sure---sorry! Opalite glass looks different than those pictures show, but they could be another type of glass, another gemstone, or actual Moonstones---no way to tell for sure by those pictures.

      I couldn't reply to you personally (no email address) so I'm limited here. But if you google images of "white moonstone beads" you can see what they should look like. And of course "opalite beads" would show you very glowing blue, glassy beads.

      My opinion is----those are probably moonstones, maybe a low grade of moonstone, but possibly something else. I'm sorry I can't tell! But thanks for asking!

      -Dawn
      PS - If you find out for sure, please let me know!

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    2. Ari---for example, here's a link to some genuine moonstones that KIND OF look like your necklace. You can see them in person---do your beads look like these, with some slight flashes of color? Here's a link to some pictures:

      https://www.etsy.com/listing/291541683/moonstone-beads-round-moonstone-beads?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=A%20grade%20moonstone%20beads&ref=sr_gallery_4

      Or this link that shows the "adularescence" (glow) in some white, peach and grey Moonstones:

      https://www.etsy.com/listing/511375031/6mm-moonstone-beads-multicolor-moonstone?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=A%20grade%20moonstone%20beads&ref=sr_gallery_1

      Maybe you can compare your necklace to these to determine if yours are moonstones. I hope this helps!

      - D.

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  55. Dear Dawn: Thank-You so much for your help - I compared the others in references you posted to mine and saw they were not natural moonstones - I have sent them back to the seller for a refund.

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  56. Ari, I'm sorry your moonstones weren't genuine---but I'm very glad you were able to return them and get a refund. Thank you so much for reading my blog, and best of luck in your quest for genuine moonstones!

    -Dawn :)

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  57. Hi, I wanted to make sure if this is a real moonstone. I have no other way but upload it in google for you to see it. I hope you could help me. It's a little cheap, I think so I am confused if it's genuine... Thank you in Advance.

    https://www.google.com/search?tbs=sbi:AMhZZitBfxL8V5UsPZFdkuCyAFgRVId607YCZ6GFtaPOGfAjgxISVNNgvn555C3fZZZv-k_139Xxhqmza1WaRZMcgp8KIZ7rBgrULcMDRbqD0RyJbckkpcViRE-RdjCWXW2XuucoNw_1I-m7oyvYE6NEHOwQ2traBHRLLMrO3jHNpm2sWdTkVoNTxQzEfTk5QHVo-BWJP1QMMgMCfvjJtpN00V5NWHEl8lPAhxjyVy40M2vBmvLzCNmauZIgDL22XdTNzr9xjb00Xsa4Heu3C9mK2L_11JyO_1lRgPCut7Di2ticgMPM-x76yzb2diW4LLsq7ksmpmPa6zzUlP59PBhCUHktxXT9mX0D2A&btnG=Search%20by%20image&hl=en

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  58. Hi, Dawn. I stumbled upon your blog while searching for Moonstones. I recently just got curious about it and I ordered a hand crafted necklace with a moonstone pendant. I didn't bother to check this before ordering so I wanted to know if this pendant is a real moonstone. I wish you could help me, I have read your descriptions but I guess, I still really don't know a lot about stones. :( Thank you, in advance. ^^

    https://www.google.com.ph/search?tbs=sbi:AMhZZitgpdB9th5VfBoj-HG8jNxfpxIillLpS1ikcE_1xhAMTt5r79BcZKo3Yjj_1Zn2eOmBA0LiovkACjwdoBIUpv3AaQgg8ejNKv0vXBHVGEPWtYsWHk_1Aglf0CnFecOzUEyVIbUtUZpX2qbVpPeN0qek78l3XYhmCOwV8MnRroUp_1joINg8IUDByc0eeUA8d93JPu8vGbR7PdDA2ZQiOuU2Jkr6KtiAkeXYNBwgLoTBXsTcVlNEkSffeiKeHT6x5CllKy1-ytcL58_1o5lDfs_13dKuKlXUM8UJVJQbaH7Ml9nUpDpiWeUyl-s36kvTqyDto05nq-TYZ9bhPCLP_18XOivjeuzIBQUXA&hl=en-PH

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  59. hi, Dawn! I bought a moonstone yesterday. I was going to get you to look at it, but I don't see any way of attaching a pic. Is there any other way I can send you one?

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    1. Hi, Sherri!

      I'd love to look at it! Just send me an email and you can attach a picture there. (I'm sorry about Blogger---I don't think you can attach a picture here.) My email is InVogueJewelry@gmail.com and I'll get right back to you! Thanks so much!

      -D.

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  60. I subscrib to a magazine and was sent a piece of sunstone but I have had sunstones before and all the ones I have ever had are brown/orange. This peice they sent me is a pale cream color with white vines and black at one end. it looks more like moonstone then sunstone.

    So my question is do people rip others off buy selling moonstone as sunstone?

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    1. Well, "scammers gonna scam" I guess, but I've never heard of selling moonstone as sunstone before! They're both feldspar minerals, but are really the "opposite" just like the sun and moon. Sunstone, as you know, has glittery aventurescense, and moonstone has that moon-like glow called adularescense.

      Perhaps the seller sent you the wrong stone by mistake?

      Here's the description of both stones via the GIA website (THE authority on gems):

      "Although sunstone and moonstone are both members of the feldspar group, the resemblance stops there. While cool moonstone’s phenomenal varieties offer a soft and gentle adularescent glow, warm sunstone’s phenomenal varieties show a distinct and lively glitter called aventurescence. Aventurescence is a sparkly, metallic-looking luster caused by flat, reflective inclusions, sometimes called “schiller” by sunstone fanciers."

      Thank you for your comment---and for reading my blog---and I hope you're able to return the moonstone! Just point the seller to this link if they try to argue with you:

      https://www.gia.edu/sunstone-description

      -Dawn

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  61. Wow, this has been very helpful! I am on my way to training myself to be a Felspar expert. Do you think this is moonstone?

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/286962531

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    1. YES! Those are genuine rainbow moonstone beads!

      Thank you so much for asking!
      -Dawn

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  62. I went to a pawn shop and a guy walked in with the ring and of course the little Stone drawled me to it and the gentleman at the pawn shop said it was a moonstone so I traded him some old military money and Vietnam War money for this if you could take a glance at my little stand and let me know if it is a genuine Moonstone I'd really appreciate it., how do I send you a photo

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    1. Hi, Saundra!

      I'd be happy to take a look. You can send me a photo at my email: InVogueJewelry@gmail.com.
      Thanks for asking---talk to you soon!

      -Dawn

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