Moonstone is a sodium-potassium aluminum silicate mineral in the feldspar family. It is also known as Hecatolite. This stone receives its name from its moon-like shine, giving a visual effect similar to the Moon.

Moonstone commonly occurs in white with a blue hue, giving it the appearance that it radiates light. However, you can also find this stone in gray, yellow, brown, pink, and green varieties.

Opalite is a stone made out of glass and is often confused with Moonstone. This article will dive into how to identify authentic Moonstones and how to tell if your Moonstone is real or fake.

If you want to know how to cleanse Moonstone, read this article.

What Does Real Moonstone Look Like?

raw moonstone on white background

Moonstones are opaque and cannot be seen through, but they do let the light shine through faintly when held up toward a light source. This stone is a bad conductor of heat and usually remains cold to the touch, taking a long time to heat up and store heat. 

When held under a microscope, Moonstone does not have any bubbles under the surface. When magnified, manufactured Moonstones will have many round bubbles under the surface, created during the manufacturing process.

Moonstone is known for adularescence, an optical illusion that causes a blue tint or shine on the surface of a crystal. When held under a light, it will emit a blue hue. Moonstone ranks 6 to 6.5 on the Mohs scale.

Most authentic Moonstones originate from India and Sri Lanka. Many reputable vendors can provide references tracing their gems’ origins. It is best to purchase from these vendors to avoid buying fake ones or gemstones mined in unethical conditions.

Types of Moonstone

close up photo of assorted moonstones

Colorless Moonstone

Colorless Moonstones are considered the most valuable variety. The more colorless it is, the more valuable it is. The most sought-after colorless Moonstones usually originate from Myanmar, and this stone is almost mined out, making it extremely rare to find. 

LocationMyanmar
Cost$2 to $5 per carat.
Ruling ChakraCrown
ColorMilky white with a blue shine.

Rainbow Moonstone

Carrying a Rainbow Moonstone with you is like carrying a rainbow. This stone is a white variety of Labradorite and has labradorescence, a type of shine Labradorite crystals emit. Look for black inclusions if you want to know how to tell if your Rainbow Moonstone is real. Rainbow Moonstone often contains Black Tourmaline inclusions, which are not found in other Moonstone varieties.

LocationMexico, India, Madagascar, Australia, and Sri Lanka.
Cost$4 to $12 per carat.
Ruling ChakraAll Chakras.
ColorWhite with black inclusions and a blue shine.

Black Moonstone

Black Moonstone is a variety of Moonstone recently discovered in Madagascar. If you want to know how to tell if Black Moonstone is real, hold it under a light source. When held under a light source, it flashes silver and green hues. Black Moonstone is a darker variety of Moonstone that occurs with black and brown base tones. This stone contains all the healing properties of Moonstone but can also protect you from harm and evil.

LocationMadagascar
Cost$5 to $50 per carat.
Ruling ChakraCrown and Third Eye.
ColorA mixture of white, brown, silver, and gray.

True White Moonstone

True White Moonstone is the most valuable and rarest variety of Moonstone. This stone contains almost no impurities, which is evident when you glance at it and see its clear white tones. When held under a light source, it does not emit a blue hue but has a white, pearl-like shine.

LocationArmenia, Australia, Norway, and Myanmar.
Cost$10 to $1000 per carat.
Ruling ChakraCrown
ColorA milky white stone with a white or clear shine, resembling pearls.

How to Tell if Moonstone is Real?

The Touch Test

a person's hand holding a moonstone

Hold the gemstone in your palm for 5 minutes. If it heats up, it is likely a fake. If it remains cold, it is an authentic Moonstone.

The Jeweler’s Loupe Test

Jeweler Examining-Diamond Through a 
 Loupe

Hold your gemstone under a 10x jeweler’s loupe and observe its surface. If there are many round bubbles noticeable, it is likely a fake. However, if the surface is smooth, it is an authentic Moonstone.

The Scratch Test

Moonstones are soft and rank 6 to 6.5 on the Mohs scale but are still harder than glass, which ranks 5.5 on the Mohs scale. Run a steel nail down your stone; if it scratches, it is likely glass or Opalite. If it is not damaged, it is a Moonstone.

How to Spot Fake Moonstone

blue moonstone on white background

What does fake Moonstone look like? Faux Moonstones emit many hues and colors when held under a light source. To spot a phony Moonstone, hold the stone under a light. If it casts a blue tint, it is authentic. However, it is likely a fake if it emits many different colors.

Authentic Moonstones rank 6 to 6.5 on the Mohs scale and are usually harder than glass counterfeits. When performing a scratch test, objects with a hardness between 5.5 and 6 Mohs will scratch a fake Moonstone but leave an authentic Moonstone undamaged.

Opalite is primarily manufactured in Asia. Therefore, if your stone originates from Asia, it might be a synthetic Moonstone, as authentic Moonstones are not found naturally in Asia.

Real Moonstone vs Fake Moonstone 

QualityReal MoonstoneFake Moonstone/Opalite
Hardness6 to 6.5 Mohs.Below 5.5 Mohs.
TextureSmoothHas bubbles under a microscope.
FeelingCold to the touch.Can heat up around heat sources.
ColorWhite with a blue hue.Clear/white with a rainbow hue.
OriginMainly India, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar.Asia

Conclusion

Moonstone is a popular crystal and is one of the best gemstones to give to a young female connecting with her femininity and emotions. For this reason, many women love wearing Moonstones, but this rise in demand and popularity has resulted in many fakes being on the market.

Always perform the touch, jeweler’s loupe, and scratch test if you are unsure if your Moonstone is genuine, and always ensure you purchase ethically sourced crystals from honest and trustworthy vendors to avoid being deceived. 

Author

Danelle Ferreira, also known as Ellastrology, has been working as an astrologer since 2018, bringing awareness to others about themselves and the true value of astrology and spirituality through her writing and YouTube videos. She believes everyone has the potential to improve their life, yet they do not have access to the information they need to do so. With astrology, we can unlock the missing clues that bring us greater awareness and understanding of ourselves, other people, and life. The Value Of Astrology Astrology acts as a link that can unite the conscious and unconscious parts of ourselves. Upon exploring astrology, we gain awareness about ourselves and our true purpose that can lead us to great success in life. In addition, we can incorporate the practice of astrology into every part of our lives, and through this, we can view life through a more awakened and informed lens.

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