Rainbow Moonstone, also known as White Labradorite, is actually a variety of Labradorite that exhibits flashy colors and rainbows throughout. The name “Rainbow Moonstone” was coined by the lapidary and mineral communities to describe this stone, even though it's not an Orthoclase (Moonstone). Rainbow Moonstone deposits can be found in Sri Lanka, Australia, Mexico, Madagascar, Poland, and India.
Moonstone vs. Rainbow Moonstone ~ Are they the same?
According to the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) moonstone belongs to the feldspar group of minerals, orthoclase. The stone is known for its adularescence, which is a fancy term for an optical phenomenon that makes stones such as moonstone appear to be glowing from beneath their surface. Moonstone, often associated with love, passion and fertility, ranges in color from white to creamy yellow, peach and grey.
The big question; is are these stones the same? The short answer is, NO. They are more like cousins. Rainbow moonstone is a type of plagioclase feldspar. The most widely known stone of that group being Labradorite. While rainbow moonstone is closely related to moonstone (remember that feldspar connection), they are technically NOT THE SAME. Rainbow moonstone is essentially translucent labradorite and often has black tourmaline inclusions. Here’s the best part. Although it is actually a variety of labradorite, people in the trade refer to it as rainbow moonstone despite the fact that it is NOT an orthoclase feldspar. Nothing like making the water all muddy for those of us that aren’t experts, right? ~ (Sourced from Daisy Chain Jewlery.com)
Combining gentle lunar energies with the optimism of the rainbow, reassures all who feel alone, lost or vulnerable; assists all emotional healing.
Rainbow Moonstone is good for The Sacral, Brow, and Crown chakras.
This white labradorite variety of feldspar offers an intensified color spectrum sensation. Place under your pillow or where it catches moon's rays to aid lucid dreaming and calm sleep.
Rainbow moonstone is gentle and will offer ongoing strength against illness.
A supportive stone for those who consider harming themselves.
It may also improve leaning difficulties in young children, and protects homes in remote areas.
Plant in the garden three days before full moon or when you see a rainbow for healthy growth in plants and attracting butterflies.
Wear when dealing with difficult staff problems in your work place.
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