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<div style="margin-top:-10px;"> <div style="margin:5px 0px 7px 15px; float:right;"> <a href="" title="Moonstone Gem" target=_blank> <img style="float:none; margin:0;" src="/images/newsletter/200906/moonstone1_s.jpg" width="100" height="100" alt="Moonstone Gem"></a> <br> <div style="text-align:center; margin-top:2px; font-size:10px;"> <a href="" title="Moonstone Gem" target=_blank>click to enlarge</a> </div> </div> <p> Not <a href="" target=_blank> only pearl</a>, but also moonstone is the gem of June. Its name is derived from a visual effect, or sheen, caused by light reflecting internally in the moonstone from layer inclusion of different feldspars. </p> <p> The moonstone is actually the feldspar variety known as "adularia", that was first found in the European Alps near the Adula Group - hence the name "adularia". Another synonym for moonstone is "selenite", from the Greek word for "moon" - <i>SELENE</i>. Moonstone can be numerous colors, including grey, white, pink, green and brown, but the most valuable is deep blue. </p> </div> <div style="margin:5px 15px 7px 0px; float:left;"> <a href="" title="Moonstone Tumbled Pebbles" target=_blank> <img style="float:none; margin:0;" src="/images/newsletter/200906/moonstone2_s.jpg" width="100" height="100" alt="Moonstone Tumbled Pebbles"></a> <br> <div style="text-align:center; margin-top:2px; font-size:10px;"> <a href="" title="Moonstone Tumbled Pebbles" target=_blank>click to enlarge</a> </div> </div> <p> Deposits of moonstone are found in many countries and places: the European Alps, Brazil, India, Mexico, Myanmar, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, the USA (specifically Pennsylvania and Virginia) and Tanzania. However, it is Sri Lanka that produces the highest quality moonstones. </p> <p> Moonstone was very popular in the early twentieth century, moonstone was used extensively in Art Nouveau jewelry (1890-1915). As with most jewelry of this period, each gem was significant: the diamonds symbolized eternity; the turquoise, true love; and the moonstones, innocence. </p> <p> By the way, Wilkie Collins' exotic mystery classic, The Moonstone, published in 1868, isn't about a moonstone at all, but rather an enormous yellow diamond, stolen from an Indian shrine. </p>
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