Peach Moonstone is one of my favorite gemstones. I love the variety of colors that it comes in, ranging from translucent white, to gray, to pink and peach. And the beads glow, yes they do! Shimmering as with moonlight, so ethereal, so calming, so beautiful! I have used nuggets of Peach Moonstone in a variety of shades, along with faceted rondelles and rounds to create this necklace. The faceted Moonstone rondelles are highlighted by small sterling silver flower petal bead caps. The necklace comes with a pair of drop earrings, made with a Moonstone nugget and round bead.
This semi-precious gemstone was named Moonstone because of the pearly shimmer found throughout the stone. Ancient Roman and Greek civilizations used it extensively in jewelry and other carvings and associated it with their Moon goddesses. Moonstone comes in a variety of colors, ranging from colorless to gray, brown, yellow, pink and peach. The clarity can also range from transparent to translucent. It is used in India to foretell the future and is given to newly weds to help forecast their future together. Moonstone is also thought to help cope with stress by calming the mind and soothing the spirit. It is considered so effective that the gemstone is ground and used by ayurvedic doctors to cure anxiety. The gemstone is found in India, Sri Lanka and Burma. In the USA it is found in Virginia and Pennsylvania. It is the birthstone for June, along with Pearls. Moonstone is the State Gemstone of Florida, so named to commemorate the moon-landings, however, Moonstone cannot be found naturally in the State.
Length: Necklace 18 inches.
Beading Wire: 0.19"/49 strand clear-coated stainless steel professional quality beading wire with silver-filled crimps and crimp covers.
Bead size:8 to 9 mm x 10 to 12 mm nuggets; 8 mm rounds; 6 x 8 mm rondelles.
Earrings: Slightly longer 1.5 inches from your piercings.
Care: Clean with soft fabric, or non-abrasive polishing cloth. Avoid direct contact with perfumes, hairspray, and deodorants. Jewelry should be worn after application of cosmetics. Store wrapped in soft fabric or sealed in plastic bag.
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Shimmering Peach Moonstone and Silver Necklace and Earrings Set