Since ancient times, moonstone has been a symbol of silver moonbeams with all their heavenly powers. Its pearly white surface has always held a special fascination. In classical antiquity, moonstone was considered to be “the goddesses’ gem”, with associations such as femininity, gentleness and intuition. Diana, the Roman goddess of hunting and the moon, was always depicted with a crescent on her forehead.
Moonstone is also called hecatolite, after the Greek moon goddess Hecate. Its milky opacity and iridescent luster stem from its crystal structure. Thanks to its playful shades and soft pearly shine, moonstone is very popular with the Bron design team. Often enough, moonstones in warm brown, vibrant orange, or cool greige adorn our collections, in both faceted and cabochon cuts.
Mohs hardness 6 - 6.5 (diamond = 10)
Our collections often focus on the color white - from pure bright white to elegant ivory or creamy ecru. Especially at darker times of year, a milky-white moonstone is one of our favorites. Its soft white glow reminds us of freshly fallen snow glittering in the winter sun.
Moonstone owes its scientific name, Adularia, to Mount Adula, over which the Swiss-Italian border runs. A very rich moonstone deposit was discovered there, but completely depleted by the end of the 18th century.
Nowadays, the gem is primarily found in Sri Lanka, Madagascar and Australia, but also in USA, Armenia, Norway, Poland, as well as the Austrian Alps.