We’re still over here covering the heck out of rainbow jewelry, because there are just so many good examples of it that it would be a disservice to our readers not to. But if you’re looking for a multicolor look that isn’t quite so, well, rainbow, I’ve got the stone for you.
A good moonstone is an all-in-one solution to the quest for a range of color, with a different look depending on where the light hits it. As a contrast to rainbow jewelry made up of varying gemstones, this single stone packs an iridescent punch, which can be either subtle or bright, if you can believe that something can be both.
I saw this dress from @brothervellies on Instagram over the weekend and was instantly drawn to how it mimics the gemstone in so many ways. Dubbed the CD-ROM dress (you can see why), I’d love an excuse to wear this beauty—paired with plenty of moonstone jewels, of course.
A great match would be this beauty of a ring designed by Laura Medine. Medine is the wife of jewelry designer Mark Henry, whose brand is known for its all-alexandrite designs. In her own work, Medine shares an enthusiasm for that gemstone but widely incorporates moonstone in her collections, too. This piece makes use of both: A single round alexandrite pops from the center of a mesmerizing moonstone, dressed up with a meandering path of tapered baguette diamonds.
It’s an eye-catching style that I interpret in a number of ways: a river of diamonds traveling through a landscape of moonstone; a shimmering moonstone mirror cracked through the center, revealing a layer of sparkle; a flawlessly finished jigsaw puzzle. It’s a work of art to be interpreted as the wearer sees fit, and its form is certain to send the imagination soaring.
Top image: Ring in 18k white gold with 12.04 ct. moonstone, 0.1 ct. alexandrite, and 0.24 ct. t.w. diamonds, $3,000