Every gemstone offers myriad possibilities of interpretation. Putting stones together, using interesting cuts and settings, creative exploration of combinations and interesting interpretations of their form – these are some of the most exhilarating aspects of jewellery design and crafting. At Rasvihar, we love our gemstones and wish to share the inspiration that we derive from working with our favourite gemstones.
Romancing the Moonstone
The moonstone has a long and interesting history. One that is intertwined with interpretations of the lunar cycle, inner balance and ethereal beauty.
The moonstone belongs to the mineral group of feldspars and in varieties known as Adularia. The special shimmer and silvery light of the moonstone (reminiscent of moonlight) is referred to as adularescence (Similar to the opalescence of the opal stone). In some cultures, the moonstone was sewn on garments to enhance the wearer’s fertility. We of course are far more interested in the design interpretations of this versatile stone to create modern and relevant jewellery.
The shimmering moonstone is highly evocative of feminine energies – nourishing, healing, balancing, sensual and enchanting all at the same time.
Gem Facts & History
Moonstones score 6 on the Moh’s scale against the pearl’s 3 and the diamond’s 10. Like all other gems, it requires careful storing and special care to retain its lustre. Preventing scratches on the stone’s surface will ensure that its adularescence and glow is maintained.
Understanding the Moonstone
The depth, width and spread of the stone determine the beauty of the gem and the evenness of the light. While creating jewels with moonstone, the cut of the stone is of prime importance in delivering the final look. For it is the cut of the stone that impacts the way light interacts with the stone, which is in fact what we see as the iridescence or glow of the stone. When creating jewellery with moonstone, we believe that it is this light effect of the stone that the design should try to leverage on to create the desired look. The shape in which we use the gem also makes for some very fascinating design concepts. Cabochon or cobbled, marquise, square, rounds, ovals – these are some of the shapes in which Rasvihar has used the moonstone.
Working with high-quality moonstones is absolutely delightful. Moonstones are feminine and versatile and particularly suitable for contemporary jewellery design. Grey, the most popular colour of the moonstone has a universal cultural context that has acceptance in many parts of the world. The colour of the gemstone is amenable for pairing with an interesting array of other stones to create jewellery that is relevant to the modern woman’s wardrobe. One of our favourite designs uses the ‘grey’ of the moonstone with the ‘orange’ of coral – making it a striking jewel that is contemporary.
Another favourite combination we love is putting the beautiful pearl and the ethereal moonstone together. This makes for an absolutely elegant look that is timeless and classic in its appeal. Apart from grey, white is another dominating colour we love in moonstones. One of the most interesting combinations we have derived uses the power colours -that is: Black, Red and White. Black from black pearl, red from coral and white from the white moonstone – come together to create stunning jewellery that is soulful and modern. One other inspired design uses the white moonstone alongside the blue sapphire for a very aristocratic look.
Taking the design inspirations from the gemstone further, we take care to choose finishes and settings that complete the desired visual impact of the jewel. We have used brushed gold finishes with moonstone and find that this gives a very chic look that many women find attractive.
The joy of working with the moonstone is that it unleashes a torrent of creative energy. We’ve been able to channelize this to create different forms of the moonstone – earrings, rings and necklaces – each form accentuating a different aspect of the moonstone’s beauty.