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Moonstone Is Marvelous: Rediscovering June’s Birthstone


The strange thing about moonstone is that, while I will swear up and down that it’s one of my absolute favorite gemstones, I kind of forgot about it.

Emily Weld Collins Evil Eye moonstone
Evil Eye amulet charm necklace in 18k yellow gold with moonstone and diamonds, $2,700; Emily Weld Collins
Amali moonstone earrings
Pebble earrings in 18k yellow gold with 9.9 cts. t.w. moonstone, $3,630; Amáli
Rush Jewelry Design rainbow moonstone pendant
Icon Horn pendant in 18k yellow gold with rainbow moonstone, $2,990; Rush Jewelry Design
Nika Cito moonstone ring
Ring in 14k rose gold with moonstone and lab-grown diamonds, $1,200; Nika + Cito Jewelry

I suppose it’s easy to get distracted in a world of emerald, opal, sapphire, and spinel, but moonstone truly was one of my first favorites when I started at JCK 10 years ago (whoa!). I remember droning on and on about its magical mysticism and how incredibly gorgeous it was, and how ticked off I was that Rachel McAdams’ character in the film Midnight in Paris had the audacity to complain about them.

Nakard rainbxow moonstone lariat necklace
Lariat necklace in black rhodium-plated sterling silver with rainbow moonstone, labradorite, and black spinel, $2,500; Nakard by Nak Armstrong
Nicole Mera moonstone ring
Ring in platinum with 3.34 ct. moonstone center, 1.42 cts. t.w. moonstones, and 0.35 ct. t.w. tapered baguette diamonds, $8,150; Nicole Mera
Pamela Zamore moonstone earrings
Cabachon stud earrings in 18k yellow gold with moonstone, $1,850; Pamela Zamore

Most things haven’t changed; I still possess the innate ability to drone on and on (and on) about an element of jewelry that I love—and I still do, in fact, love moonstone. Ten years later, you won’t find most people wildly ranting about a Woody Allen film, but that’s another discussion altogether.

ParkFord Revival moonstone pendant
Revival teardrop pendant in 14k yellow gold with moonstone, $2,110; ParkFord
Tresor rainbow moonstone earrings
Earrings in 18k yellow gold with 7.38 cts. t.w. rainbow moonstone and blue sapphire and 0.2 ct. t.w. diamonds, $975; Trésor
Jen Volkodav moonstone ring
Love by the Moon ring in 14k white gold with 1.05 ct. moonstone, $599; Jen Volkodav
Amulet by D Lightbox moonstone necklace
Lightbox necklace in sterling silver with rainbow moonstone, pearl, quartz, and labradorite, $425; Amulet by D

As we approach June, the month of this subject’s birthstone, I relish the opportunity to fall in love with moonstone all over again. Jewelry design truly has gotten better, and many of the designers that I began following all those years ago have grown in ways that are so amazing, with new offerings that continue to leave me totally slack-jawed. Add to this wealth of discoveries a whole new list of designers I’m only just encountering, and it’s pure paradise.

Omi Prive moonstone earrings
Earrings in platinum and black rhodium with 9.72 cts. t.w. moonstone, 0.79 ct. t.w. blue sapphire, and 0.75 ct. t.w. diamonds, $37,000; Omi Privé
Colette pearl and moonstone pendant
Moon Cage pendant in 18k white gold with Tahitian pearls, moonstones, and 0.5 ct. t.w. diamonds, $6,650; Colette
Campbell and Charlotte moonstone ring
Found emerald-cut ring in 14k yellow gold with rainbow moonstone, $3,480; Campbell + Charlotte

I swore I would obtain a moonstone jewel for myself the moment I first set foot on the show floor of JCK Las Vegas—I still haven’t. But, good things come to those who wait, and, based on this splendiferous spread, good things are in abundance, indeed.

Top: Queen Triple Goddess ring in 14k yellow gold with moonstones and 0.11 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,750; Logan Hollowell

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By: Brittany Siminitz

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