MOONSTONE has been used in jewelry for millennia, including ancient civilizations. The Romans admired moonstone, as they believed it was born from solidified rays of the Moon. Both the Romans and Greeks associated moonstone with their lunar deities. In more recent history, moonstone became popular during the Art Nouveau period. It is a variety of the feldspar-group mineral orthoclase. During formation, orthoclase and albite separate into alternating layers. When light falls between these thin layers it is scattered producing the phenomenon called adularescence. Adularescence is the light that appears to billow across a gem.
ALEXANDRITE is a color change gem dependent upon the nature of ambient lighting. It changes from greenish to reddish with a change in source illumination. Often described as “emerald by day, ruby by night,” alexandrite is a rare variety of the mineral chrysoberyl. With a hardness of 8.5 on the Mohs scale, alexandrite is softer than sapphire and harder than garnet. Due to it's scarcity, alexandrite is more valuable than most gems, even rubies and diamonds.
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