In the history of mankind, the sun and the moon are intriguing phenomena. Both have to do with light and life. Both are beautiful and the sun ánd the moon have been used for naming a gemstone: the moonstone and the sunstone.

The new trend in jewelry design is celestial jewelry. Using moonstone, sunstone, but also the shape of stars and even angels in modern jewelry. In this blog post, I give you information about how the sun and the moon are admired in a gemstone.

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The impact of the sun and the moon on life and jewelry

The sun and the moon have a great impact on our weather and climate. Subjects that are ‘the talk of the town’ every day of the week. You see that too in all kinds of sayings and songs. Like ‘live by the sun, love by the moon’. Or ‘I miss you like the moon misses the sun’. And the last example ‘The sun sees your body, the moon sees your soul’.

Jewelry designers search for themes and inspiration in nature and the environment. And knowing this it lies in reason to use the sun and the moon in the jewelry designs of today.

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silver moonstone earrings in the collection of FlorenceJewelshop

Sun and moon look-a-likes

When gemstones are named after celestial subjects, there must be some resemblance. And there is!

The moonstone has a kind of silvery light from within. A light that looks like moonlight. The sunstone is a feldspar with inclusions of red copper like minute scales of sunbeams. In the middle, the color of sunstone is darker than around the edges, just like the sun.

No wonder that these gemstones are called moon- and sunstone. Like most gemstones, the sunstone and the moonstone stand for things in life that are important to people of all times.

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The moonstone is a talisman for fertility, for love and protection and you might have guessed… for sleep. The moon causes tides and water to fertilize the land. Love takes place at times protected by the night and the moon. And after that, good night’s sleep is possible under the protection of the moon when the ‘man of the moon’ blows sleep dust into the eyes of the lovers.

The gemstone has white reflections on the surface that are called ‘adularescence’, which means ‘good luck’. The white reflections suggest (according to the story) that a good spirit lives into the moonstone. Therefore it is in India a sacred stone that can only be displayed on a yellow (sacred color) piece of silk.

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Pearl gemstone necklace combined with sunstone in the collection of FlorenceJewelshop


Sunstone is first discovered in the South of Norway, where a mass of Sunstone is embedded in a vein of quartz. And because the first discovery is in Norway the sunstone is linked with the history of the Vikings. The Vikings made Europe unsafe from the 8th until the 11th century. They conquered countries using sailboats starting from Scandinavia. The Vikings were excellent sailors (and fighters)

They are related to the sunstone due to the small particles of hematite in the sunstone. Hematite can be magnetic and magnets always point to the North. The Vikings know where to go using the sunstone as a kind of GPS (is the story). Others think that the Vikings used the rays of light from the sun, caught in the sunstone to know where they were and where to go.

Sunstone is getting more popular nowadays. The tiny particles of red copper (besides the hematite) give the sunstone a beautiful sunny color, something like orange and reddish vanilla. Exactly the color you need when you are a bit depressed.

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The Vikings conquering Europe

Oregon sunstone: a state of art

The sunstone found in Oregon is special. There is more copper in the gemstone and the darker the sone the more copper is in it. Besides that, the Oregon sunstone is special because the crystals can be large. The state of Oregon proclaimed the Oregon sunstone as its state gem.

Because of the fact that jewelry designers choose the sky as their theme for this season the moonstone and the sunstone are back on the gemstone table again. And they deserve it. They are stunning and their ‘background’ makes them excellent gems to use in celestial jewelry.

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