Peach Moonstone is from the feldspar family of semi-precious and gem quality stones. It shares the qualities of silky translucence and subtle glow of other moonstones. Its iridescence radiates from shy peach to pink to faint champagne colors, making it appear like a full moon. The gemstone has been associated with lunar events and deities since ancient Roman and Greek eras. Although usually found in oval cabochons, Peach Moonstone may also be carved into a moon face.
Moonstone gets its unique play of iridescent colors from the combining of two species of feldspar during the mineral’s cooling stage. This makes the light scatter when hitting the stone’s surface, causing the light to dance across the color, known as a schiller effect, or adularescence in moonstones. This luminous sheen is brought to a high polish, giving the stone a soft, shimmery shine perfect for earrings, pendants, and rings. Lower grade stones make attractive beads for bracelets and necklaces.
Peach Moonstone got its beginnings in jewelry popularity in France being used in designs by the rising goldsmith Rene Lalique during the Art Nouveau movement. Good cuts for this tinted cousin of the moonstone line are round and oval where the dome shows off the curved surface for a pearly radiance. While Peach Moonstone may have slight, usually streaky white inclusions, this can add character to the stone and does not necessarily detract from the pink-peachy color’s delicate beauty. Highly polished round and oval moonstones have a white “moon” shine that appears to roll over the surface as the stone is turned.
Although once abundant, since the decline of popularity of moonstone in 1920s until a resurgence in recent years, this gemstone has become scarcer. Fine Peach Moonstones can still be found from Sri Lanka and other mines.
Compound : Potassium Aluminum Silicate
Mohs Scale(Hardness) : 6
Found : Australia, Brazil, Madagascar, Mexico, Myanmar, Norway, Poland, Sri Lanka, U.S.