A moonstone engagement ring is the perfect alternative to a classic diamond ring. It’s unique and eye-catching and will definitely get you compliments from your friends. Whether you’re looking for something different or just want to add some color to your ring collection, we’ve got a beautiful selection of genuine moonstone rings that are ethically sourced and sure to elevate any look.
A member of the feldspar family, moonstone’s signature iridescence (called adularascence) is caused by layered structures that reflect light in different ways. This otherworldly glow has made the gemstone popular in jewelry throughout history – from the Art Deco styles of the 1920’s to new age designs of the 1960’s. Nowadays, we’re seeing it paired with moissanite or even diamond stones in jewelry that celebrates nature and the universe.
Because it’s often used in rings that celebrate feminine power, moonstone is associated with fertility, intuition and spiritual growth. Some people believe it can help you connect with your feminine side and become more accepting of change. It’s also known as a good luck stone and has been used in various ceremonies across cultures for centuries.
Since the ancient Romans, moonstone has been worn for its healing properties and to encourage psychic awareness. For these reasons, we’re starting to see more women embrace moonstone in their everyday jewelry, and especially in engagement rings. It’s a soft and delicate gem that looks amazing with rose gold or yellow gilde metals, which can make it the perfect engagement ring for those who aren’t quite ready to commit to a harder rock like a sapphire.
While a cabochon cut (rounded and polished like a pebble) is the most common shape for moonstone, we’ve seen designers use it in faceted designs as well, which offer more sparkle and dimension. Moonstones pair beautifully with diamonds, opals and other colorful gemstones to create a statement ring that’s bold and bright. The best part is that it’s fairly affordable, making it a great choice for those who are budget conscious but still want to show off their love in style.
As a relatively soft stone, it’s important to choose a setting that offers some protection for your moonstone. It’s not as durable as a diamond, rating only 6-6.5 on the Mohs scale. That means that it can be scratched or damaged easily, so you’ll want to avoid wearing it when engaging in activities where it could come into contact with abrasive objects.
You’ll also need to be aware of the fact that it’s easy to fake a moonstone. To ensure you’re getting the real deal, try holding it against your skin to feel its warmth and notice if it heats up quickly or stays cool. If it heats up quickly, it’s likely not a natural moonstone and is probably glass or another synthetic material. If it stays cool, then it’s likely a genuine stone. Check for any cracks or inclusions that might threaten the integrity of the stone as well.