Moonstone, so named for its lunar-like sheen, has been inspiring jewelers since ancient times. Greeks, Romans, and Indians believed in the stone’s mystical properties, such as its ability to foster love, increase fertility, and promote dreams. Art Nouveau luminaries Louis Comfort Tiffany and René Lalique incorporated the gem into elaborate necklaces, brooches, and tiaras. Contrarily, flower children of the 1960s and 1970s sported moonstone jewelry for its earthy vibe. Contemporary crystal devotees believe in the stone’s ability to soothe emotions, aid in intuition, and protect its wearer.
Accented with gold and diamonds, moonstone is experiencing a major resurgence in popularity. No doubt inspired by its adularescence, or dreamy, shifting glow, fine jewelers are incorporating various shades of the semi-precious stone into their collections. Here, some of today’s top independent designers interpret the gem of the moment. –Ashley Davis for The Stone Set
18-karat gold, royal blue moonstone and blue sapphire ring by Temple St. Clair.
18-karat white gold, moonstone and diamond ring by Venyx.
3. Nina Runsdorf
18-karat white gold, blue moonstone and rose-cut diamond earrings by Nina Runsdorf.
4. Dana Rebecca Designs
14-karat rose gold, blue moonstone and diamond ring by Dana Rebecca Designs.
18-karat gold, rainbow moonstone and white diamond necklace by Kothari.
18-karat black gold, moonstone and diamond ring by Colette.
18-karat pink gold, moonstone and white diamond bracelet by Lito.
8. Nam Cho
18-karat pink gold, Ceylon blue moonstone and white diamond ring by Nam Cho.
9. Pippa Small
18-karat yellow gold and rainbow moonstone bracelet by Pippa Small.
10. Noor Fares
18-karat grey gold, black rhodium, blue moonstone and white diamond pendant by Noor Fares.
18-karat white gold, moonstone cabochon and pavé diamond earrings by Finn.
12. Liv Ballard
18-karat gold, moonstone, diamond and ruby pendant by Liv Ballard.
13. Mimi So
18-karat white gold, moonstone, sapphire and diamond bracelet by Mimi So.