Moonstones have been popular throughout history. The ancient Romans and Greeks believed that the moonstones derived their opalescence from the moon, hence the name. In our more recent history, moonstone jewelry was popularized during the Art Nouveau period with Rene Lalique embedding moonstones within his own artistic creations.
Moonstones are mined from around the world, including Switzerland, Australia, India, and even the USA. It’s not surprising that moonstone was the chosen gem for the Moon landings back in the 60s, or that it’s also Florida’s state gemstone. But curiously, there are no moonstone mines in Florida.
For those who practice mysticism and the occult, you’ll be curious to learn that moonstones were used as protection by sailors on the sea due to its water element, but moonstones are also used for good fortune and to provide clairvoyance in India. They are also used for love rituals and to gain wisdom.