I had the most awesome message waiting for me in my box when I got home and it’s so informative and brilliant that I had to share with everyone!
enigmaticcrux asked:"Moonstone in the jewelry community (and usually the industry) is commonly referred to as Labradorite. This is actually a kinda wide encompassing term, as sunstone and spectral stone are also included. A type of feldspar, it’s in the same family as quartz and amethyst, and can usually be found in sedimentary rock such as limestone and sandstone. If you look for moonstone in gem and bead stores, usually it will be under “Labradorite” with a foot note as to it being of the “moonstone” variety."
This is the one mentioned in the previous that I own. It’s a child necklace and when I had it checked out I got a rough “Regency” answer quickly followed by ”is this for sale?”
I’m not sure if it’s true or not but the dealer told me that children’s necklaces are rare due to the belief that if the child died a moonstone would give them light in the darkness. I don’t know how true that is but I would like to believe in it simply because it’s beautiful (in a terribly tragic sense).
I don’t have much information on it so if anyone else knows anything about moonstones in the Regency *raises hand* help?
(The photo is of the necklace on a light background and the same necklace on a black background. You can see why is it called moonstone!)
Ring ca. 1870 via The Victoria & Albert Museum
I recognized this stone before I even took a proper look! It’s a cabochon sapphire!
I have a cabochon necklace but mine is from the rococo period and made for a child. It’s also made from gold and set with 11 of these lovely, lovely stones.
This type of stone is also called a moonstone (it reminds me of The Secret of Moonacre which is an obsession of mine.)
If this petticoat pleating doesn’t end me I will put up pictures of my own collection and the tragically beautiful story behind a child’s moonstone necklace.