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Moonstone



A member of the Feldspar Group, Moonstone is a potassium feldspar of the orthoclase (adularia) species.  The stone has a shimmering white affect that resembles moonshine, and this is probably why it's commonly called Moonstone.  It has a vitreous luster and can be sensitive to pressure.  It's a common gemstone used in jewelry as cabochons.  Can be found with a cat's eye affect occasionally.

Deposits are obtained from Brazil, India, Sri Lanka, Myramar (Burma), Madagascar and the United States.



STATS:
Color:  Colorless, yellow, pale sheen
Mohs' Hardness Scale:  6 to 6.5
Density:  2.56 to 2.59
Transparency:  Transparent to Opaque due to opalescence affect


 

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