Is There Any Gem More Marvelous Than Moonstone?

When I sought out to write a post about June’s birthstone, I immediately started picking out pearls. After all, the pearl is not only one, but arguably the most popular, of this month’s birthstones. I wrote about why I think the oceanic gem is such a fitting representation for June in last week’s Britt’s Pick, a chain bracelet dangling a baroque pearl by Zoë Chicco.

The thing is, I like pearls. But I don’t looooove pearls. I enjoy featuring them in impressive designs because I don’t do it often, so it feels novel (that word, by the way, is all but ruined by this pandemic). But that’s why it was such a major “duh” moment when I realized that pearl is not the sole birthstone of June and that one of my absolute favorite (if not the favorite) stones is. Magical, mystical moonstone!

Lord Jewelry Moonlight pendant
Moonlight pendant in 18k rose and white gold with plique-à-jour enamel, 6.8 ct. moonstone, and 2.01 cts. t.w. diamonds, price on request; Lord Jewelry
Sofia Zakia Wandering Cosmos moonstone ring
Wandering Cosmos ring in 14k yellow gold with moonstone and diamonds, $2,100; Sofia Zakia
AM Thorne rainbow moonstone jewelry
Made-to-order ring and pendant in 14k yellow gold with rainbow moonstones, $450–$650; A.M. Thorne
Loriann Jewelry moonstone and green sapphire earrings
Earrings in 14k yellow gold with 5.46 cts. t.w. moonstones, green sapphires, and 0.05 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,650; Loriann Jewelry

Moonstone is your friend who dabbles in tarot readings. It’s a lover of crystals and astrology. It’s spiritual, mysterious, brilliant. It’s impossibly gorgeous. And all of these things, in gemstone form, keep it interesting look after look, so how could anyone ever possibly tire of wearing and collecting them? They couldn’t.

K Mita Moonlight ring
Moonlight ring in 18k yellow gold and oxidized sterling silver with 2.4 ct. moonstone and 0.07 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,630; K.Mita
Omi Prive moonstone and sapphire earrings
Earrings in platinum with 9.19 cts. t.w. moonstones, 2.03 cts. t.w. sapphires, and 0.25 ct. t.w. diamonds, $18,200; Omi Privé
Sotellina customizable signet ring
Customizable signet ring in yellow gold with moonstone and diamonds, $2,600; Sorellina

Like little drops of our solar system, moonstone is an otherworldly material so treasured some designers work with it if not exclusively, at least pretty heavily. Entire collections are dedicated to the gem, and it does seem as if they’re appearing in more and more fine jewelry collections as of late. I have yet to see it make any heavy appearances in engagement jewelry, but wouldn’t that be something? I know it’s on the delicate side, but that hasn’t stopped anyone from getting married with emeralds.

Io Collective rainbow moonstone Zoe ring
Zoe ring in 14k rose gold with rainbow moonstones, $800; IO Collective
Lauren Newton moonstone mermaid earrings
Mermaid stud earrings in 18k yellow gold with moonstones, $475; Lauren Newton Jewelry
Michael Jensen moonstone Merlin's ring
Merlin’s Ring in sterling silver and 22k yellow gold with 4.37 ct. natural rainbow moonstone, $2,100; Michael Jensen Designs
Karma El Khalil Icicle earrings
Icicle earrings with moonstones and diamonds, price on request; Karma El Khalil
Walters Faith moonstone earrings
Earrings in 18k white gold with moonstones and diamonds, $6,500; Walters Faith

Here are some recent favorite jewels featuring moonstone, relevant at the moment as June’s birthstone, yes, but with an everlasting allure that appeals to a wide range of shoppers’ tastes and budgets.

Top: Anna Ring in 18k yellow gold with 7.59 ct. moonstone and 0.38 ct. t.w. diamonds, $13,600; Erica Courtney

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