Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Review: The Lure of Moonstone Beads and How to Use them for Jewelry

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Ethereal and elegant, moonstone beads are so named because of their eerie resemblance to the pale rays of the moon and thus are popular stones for jewelry items like bracelets, earrings and broaches. Historically, moonstone beads have been favored by such ancient civilizations as the Romans and Greeks, who associated this stone with their moon gods and goddesses. These lovely beads also become extremely popular during the art noveau movement of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Geologically, moonstone is composed of orthoclase feldspar and albite, which causes its lustrous look. This gem occurs naturally across the globe, including Brazil, Germany, India, Mexico and the United States, and can come in a variety of colors: pale blue, milky white, green, peach and even rainbow moonstone.

The folklore of moonstone is varied, and usually varies according to each country of origin; for example, in India, it is said to be sacred to lovers and is also called a “dream stone” and can bring the wearer beautiful dreams. In some Arabic countries, women wear moonstone as a symbol of fertility; it is also said to be protective of fisherman and is carried on voyages on the sea. Moonstone beads can be used for making stunning pieces of jewelry, like drop earrings, bracelets and necklaces. For example, attach six medium-sized moonstone beads (in round or oval shapes) onto 20guage jeweler’s wire, then string on a large silver pendant, another six moonstone beads and then secure ends with a lobster claw clasp for easy fastening. This makes a stunning statement piece that works for many different outfits. Make earrings or a charm bracelet to match.

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23 Responses to “Review: The Lure of Moonstone Beads and How to Use them for Jewelry”
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    Maryann D. says:

    I love beaded necklaces and these Moonstone beads are just beautiful. The natural color of all of them would go with many different colors of my clothing. I do like that they are also called a “dream stone”. It would be great to wear them and have wonderful dreams!

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    Jeannette Laframboise says:

    My sister is really into these types of stones and has made people jewelry out of them many times. Frankly I didn’t know much detail about them before reading it here. I just thought they looked nice…I am too old now to be wanting increased fertility but would love to have beautiful dreams. Thanks for the info as I don’t think my sister knew this either. I shall pass it on. :-)

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    Marcie W. says:

    I really love the look of these beads and they can go with numerous outfits as well!!

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    Jessica Bleasdale says:

    I adore moonstone. One of my favourite stones. I would especially wear it whenever I was trying to get pregnant because of it’s fertility healing qualities

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    Holly Thomas says:

    I have had a Moonstone Necklace forever,and i never take it off!

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    Michele P. says:

    such pretty stones, I think it is neat that in different cultures they have symbolic meanings.

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    Lesley F says:

    The moonstone beads are beautiful and I thought your review was very interesting. The history & meaning was interesting. Thanks for sharing

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    Vickie Couturier says:

    oh my goodness those are so beautiful!!that would make lovely earrings or necklace

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    Amanda E says:

    These are really pretty! I didn’t know about moon beads until I read your post. Thanks. I think it is cool that you even put what gauge of wire to use when making jewelry in your review. very thorough.

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    Zanita.H says:

    It is always so interesting to hear about something that has such a history and meaning as the moonstone beads do.Even if there is no steadfast proof to what these beads can actually do the fact that all around the world people use and wear them for different purposes;fertility,dreams and so on speaks volumes as to there worth.

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    amanda roach says:

    i have a moonstone necklace. i love it. i did not know they were found in brazil and India also. neato

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    Cindy Brooks says:

    I like the beautiful shine on these moonstones. I’d like to see some in the other colors you mentioned, especially pale blue and green. There are a lot of gemstones here in Montana and parks where you can go to search (or dig) for them. I’ll have to do a little research and see if moonstones are here!

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    Eva U. says:

    These pieces of jewellery are exquisite. My sister and I love healing rocks – have many individual stones. No pieces in jewellery yet. TY for the great idea, sister birthday up and coming, struggling to decide on a gift.

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    Trasina McGahey says:

    I had no idea they formed naturally in so many colors. Very pretty!

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    Margot C says:

    I love moonstones, they are so unpretentious.

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      Margot C says:

      Forgot to add that I am charmed by the idea that moonstones are the “dream stone” and can bring the wearer beautiful dreams. How wonderful is that!

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    Krys R says:

    These are such pretty stones. Making my own jewelry added to my list of ‘Things I’d like to do’ :)

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    Just Coupons says:

    The stones are beautiful. I didn’t know all of the folklore about them. I really like the India folklore you mentioned about how it is said to be sacred to lovers and is also called a “dream stone” and can bring the wearer beautiful dreams.

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    really awesome beads….keep sharing this type of articles.

    Moonstone Jewelry

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    Jennifer Hiles says:

    I had never heard of Moonstones before, they are beautiful. They would make a great necklace that would match just about any outfit!

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    Tammy S says:

    These are very beautiful beads. My sister does a lot of bead work jewelery and has used some moonstones in the past. I will have to tell her about the folklore behind moonstones. I will also have to see if she has heard of beadsbarn.com.

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    Simong Paul says:

    Moon stone pendent are really superb.I just love this.

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