CUSTOM ORDER JEWELRY
It is a Peristerite which is a variety of Albite. It shows an adularescence (blue reflections with other colors). It is composed of aluminum silicate, calcium and sodium.
The white labradorite is similar to the labradorite but comes from other mines. It shows the same reflections of green, orange, purple, blue… but on a transparent background, instead of the grey blue color of the classic labradorite. However, as the composition is very close to the classic labradorite, you can refer to the characteristics of this stone.
It is sold under the name of rainbow moonstone for commercial reasons and due to its reflections on a white background. But it has nothing to do with the moonstone, except for the milky white color.
It mainly comes from Madagascar.
Mines: Australia, Russia, Burma, the USA, India, Madagascar, Sri Lanka and Tanzania.
We found some historical mentions or legends linked to the rainbow moonstone. But they do not seem to be enough reliable to comment them here.
It seems that due to the commercial strategy of connecting this labradorite to the moonstone, this created a lot of confusion. A lot of elements told about this stone are actually facts concerning the moonstone. One can realize this very quickly when you see that sources were quite far, and most of all, inaccessible for the mentioned cultures in these stories. br> It is for example the case for the Greeks and the Romans who are mentioned for having appreciated the rainbow moonstone because it looked like petrified moon rays. This is something you can also read about the moonstone in general.
The most likely stories are the ones from Sri Lanka or India because you can actually find this stone in these countries. This stone would have been appreciated a lot and would have eventually evoked the moon due to its milky white color and reflections. It also evokes femininity and purity.
However, it seems that the rainbow moonstone became quite popular in jewelry in the Art Nouveau period at the beginning of the 20th century, until 1925.
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