What’s the Magic in Moonstone?

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I am madly in love with Moonstone. 

It may be due to the fact that I missed my opportunity to witness the recent blue moon. Although I was awake that morning at 5:00 am, I was so busy, I missed out  — as a result, my morning now begins with a new 2-minute ceremonial dedicated to looking up and marveling at the sky, regardless of the early hour, when bird and beast still slumber and the trees sway in the gentle breeze.

Moonstone’s Adularescence

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As I look up at the waning moon, I think of moonstone, which belongs to the feldspar family and is named for its incredible visual properties of its namesake: feldspars and feldspar-like minerals, the most common of all crystalline minerals constitute approximately 60 percent of the Earth’s crust.

The Rainbow Moonstone possesses an optical phenomenon known as adularescence, which is visible in the presence of light. This phenomenon, in honor of Mount Adular, Switzerland, was named for the valuable feldspar reserves found at the foot of the mountain.

The translucent blush from deeper within the moonstone’s surface is, at the same time, romantically captivating and breathtaking, similar to the effect of light floating upon the water.

Adularia Moonstone

Moonstone is sometimes called “adularia,” inspiring the image of ancient balconies, roses, and reflections shimmering on a lake. The light of the adularescence dances across the stone, creating that wondrous inner glow.  Quite mystically, this effect is only revealed once the stones are cut and polished.

Adularia moonstone, with its characteristic semi-transparent pale gray, silvery-white, or blue luster is found mainly in Sri Lanka, Burma, India, and Madagascar.

Canada’s Albite moonstone, also in the feldspar group, is semitransparent and known for its pale, muted reflection.  In the United States, the history of moonstone can be traced back to New Mexico, in the 1960s, and well beyond.

Selene the Moonstone Goddess

During the early centuries, Moonstone was prized by Roman and Greek societies which associated it with lunar Deities.  Famous among them was Selene, the Greek Goddess of the Moon who fiercely drove across the nighttime skies.

There was even a Roman belief that Moonstone’s formation came from drops off moonlight, as well as its direct association with love itself.   It was thought that Moonstone’s appearance changed with the waxing and waning of the moon. Some also saw the moon Goddess, Diana, looking out from her captured dwelling within the Moonstone itself.

Moonstone to this day it is widely believed to bring good luck.

Considered sacred in India, where it has been used in jewelry for centuries, it is often provided as a traditional wedding gift, transferred from the sacred yellow cloth of their tradition, to become the prized gift to a fortunate wedding ceremony.

Lalique, Pioneer of Modern Jewelry

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Moonstone became extremely popular during the Art Noveau period (c. 1890-1910), made famous by French Goldsmith Rene Jules Lalique (6 April 1860- 1 May 1945), known as a pioneer of modern jewelry.  His exploration of the depths of Moonstone and focused on ways to make a new statement, causing him to turn away from more commonly used stones such as diamonds.   Using stones for their power, light, and color whether they were precious or not, his creativity inspired him into the world of glass, for which he and his immortal works are today known simply as “Lalique.”  His beautiful jewelry creations include Moonstones tiaras, brooches, rings, necklaces, and pendants.

Rainbows and Moonstones

Moonstone can be found in various colors including peach, gray, brown, black, pink, and blue, and the rarest green.  The June birthstone, with a 6 to 6.5 hardness on the Mohns scale.  It is among my favorites and often used in my designs.

Rainbow Moonstones frequently possess heavy inclusions, particularly in its larger specimen. Resembling centipedes, internal perpendicular lines form inclusions that cause the stones to produce their rainbow sheen that has become their hallmark.

Ironically, when Rainbow Moonstone shows fewer inclusions, the result is correspondingly fewer colors, so a cleaner gemstone will tend to exhibit a blue sheen, rather than the coveted rainbow-colored reflections.

Of the various varieties, the Blue Flash Moonstone is primarily a product of in Sri Lanka, while the Rainbow Moonstones is popularly from India, also the home of the more abundant, though less glamorous pastel-colored translucent Moonstone variety.

The 450 Carat Moonstone

The largest Moonstone on record found was in 1918, discovered by the first Japanese Expedition to Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. The stone – weighing approximately 450 carats – was extracted from Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, near the border between Tanzania and Kenya.  It must have been an experience finding a stone of that magnitude, not to mention the task involved in carrying it back down the mountain.

Moonstone’s prodigious history also defined it as the Florida State Gemstone from the 1970s due to the Moon landings launched from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center.

Knowing all of this, the next time you look at Moonstone,  along with its magic, mystique, and allure, you’ll probably see it in a whole new light.

What’s That Glow?

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The Kasumi Pearl

When I saw my first Kasumi Pearl, I was pulled into the aura to its natural luster and its organic appeal.  I was drawn by the warm reflection of light from each pearl as it glowed like a luminous moon.

What’s more, the complete string of Kasumi pearls warms to the skin to the point that you almost consider it a part of you. And the colors: from cream to an opulent grey, accented with reflections of imperial gold. Owing to all of this, the Kasumi pearl feels sumptuous and substantial.

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Natural Perfection

The beauty of the Kasumi pearl is born directly from nature, and the extraordinary fact that it’s not color enhanced, simply stated a gorgeous creation. Each pearl is as unique as you or me, and in that way, they are as individual as each of us  Strung together the pearls become a majestic necklace that makes a statement from across a room.

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We did it

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We’re incredibly proud we were able to lend our hand to the families whose lives were impacted by the 2017 hurricanes.

We did it!
– and so did you.

We did it - Habitat for Humanity October

Our financial donation to Habitat for Humanity will add to the much-needed acts of kindness and generosity expressed from around the globe.

Habitat for Humanity is commencing the long-term phase of its Habitat Hammers Back hurricane recovery initiative, pledging to help more than 6,000 families across regions impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Just as they were there after Katrina, Sandy, Haiti and so many other disasters, Habitat for Humanity will be there for the families hit by Harvey, Irma and Maria.”

The Goal

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Habitat has set an initial goal to help more than 2,000 families inTexas, and in Florida, and again Puerto Rico. In Texas and Florida, efforts will be focused on home repairs and new construction for storm-affected families over the next three to five years.

For Puerto Rico, Habitat is in the process of assembling 2,000 shelter repair kits for distribution on the island as the initial response phase. Habitat will continue assessing the situation in Puerto Rico as conditions allow and determine construction plans following the evaluations.

Families that wish to learn more about possible assistance can call 1-800-HABITAT. More information about Habitat’s hurricane response work is available at habitat.org/hurricanes.

Puerto Rico (Hurricane Maria) 

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The first 500 shelter repair kits were distributed in Caguas, Puerto Rico on November 7th through a partnership between Habitat for Humanity and Save the Children. The shelter repair kits help families make immediate repairs to their damaged homes following Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico native, rapper, producer and “Despacito” singer Daddy Yankee joined volunteers to distribute shelter repair kits to families as part of his commitment to helping rebuild. He has pledged to donate $250,000 and raise an additional $1.5 million for the recovery. The remaining 1,500 kits will be distributed in different cities on the island this month. Habitat Puerto Rico is building capacity and once the additional key staff is in place, long-term repairs are expected to start in early 2018.

The shelter repair kits contain the tools and supplies necessary to perform critical home repairs in Puerto Rico, including large tarps for temporary roof repairs, hammers, flashlights, and ropes. The remaining kits will be distributed in different cities on the island this month.

The shelter repair kits are the first phase of Habitat for Humanity’s Habitat Hammers Back hurricane recovery initiative in Puerto Rico. Habitat has pledged to assist more than 6,000 families in Puerto Rico, Texas, and Florida following the devastation of the hurricanes this year. Habitat for Humanity is developing a long-term recovery strategy in Puerto Rico as assessments are performed and conditions permit. More information on Habitat’s hurricane recovery program is available at habitat.org/hurricanes.

Save the Children is leading the distribution of the shelter repair kits in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. The distribution is one part of the international humanitarian organization’s work to help children and families impacted by the hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. In all three locations, Save the Children is helping alleviate immediate needs, restore access to critical child care and education services, and help children overwhelmed by the emergencies to rebound and become more resilient. More information on Save the Children’s hurricane recovery programs is available at savethechildren.org.

Florida (Hurricane Irma)

In Collier County, repair work is underway with a goal of repairing 200 homes in the next six months. The Middle Keys Habitat for Humanity office plans started critical home repair work on November 11. Their goal is to complete repairs on 48 homes in the next six months and begin building two new homes on a vacant lot they own. Middle Keys is building capacity and is hiring a skilled construction manager, who will be critical to the success of their recovery work.

Texas (Hurricane Harvey)

The first round of support in Texas has been focused in Houston, Jefferson County (Beaumont), Fort Bend, Northwest Harris County, and Pasadena. The Houston concentration has been on the 176 Habitat for Humanity homes that suffered flood damage during the storm.

Habitat for Humanity is working on the rebuilding of these homes, with a goal to have all 176 families back in their homes before Christmas. They will also renovate five additional Habitat homes in in-fill lots before Christmas. Jefferson County (Beaumont) is working to restore 38 Habitat homes while working to develop their longer-term response and are also helping these families as they navigate the insurance claim process and FEMA grant application processes. Habitat is capacity building for longer-term recovery efforts.

We at Her Majesty’s Jewels are overjoyed to have had the opportunity to contribute to such a marvelous demonstration of community and the human spirit. To everyone who heard our call and spread the word,

We Thank You.

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