Moonstone, Black (India)
Evoke the Dark Goddess and explore the Sacred Mysteries.
Face your Shadow Sides fearlessly and compassionately.
Be patient and allow events to unfold in their own time.
Honor your own strength and ability to be vulnerable.
Let Black Moonstone ignite your own Divine Power!
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Healing Properties of Black Moonstone
Spiritual: Black Moonstone evokes the Goddess and the energy of the Dark Moon, a time for personal reflection, spiritual mystery, and deep psychic power. Moonstone is a stone of new beginnings, and the black ones invite us to explore our shadow side and the darker aspects of our life and psyche. Black Moonstone encourages us to sit with ourselves in non-judgement and accept “what is,” whether that be in the past or present, while simultaneously showing us the way forward, out of Darkness and into the Light. Black Moonstone is a warrior stone, with a deeply compassionate energy that suffers no fools and charges us to face the world honestly and fearlessly. Anyone who works with Black Moonstone will be asked to confront the Truth and be changed forever. Black Moonstone activates the Kundalini Serpent, teaches emotional balance, awakens intuition, and empowers spells. Black Moonstone is attuned to the Root, Sacral, Third Eye, and Crown Chakras and linked to the astrological signs of Cancer, Libra, Scorpio. It is connected to the element of Wind; and vibrates to the Number 4.
Emotional: Black Moonstone can help us to sort through our emotions and deeply ingrained beliefs and understand them better. It helps us to step back from intense situations and look at them critically and without emotional judgement. It can also be used to analyze our habits and patterns to see whether or not they truly serve us. Black Moonstone invites us to think before we act, and to take time to process and examine new information, before jumping to conclusions. It teaches us the value of patience, and that proper timing is one of the keys to success. Black Moonstone helps us to be comfortable with vulnerability and to allow our hearts to rest and heal.
Mental: Black Moonstone is a stone of wild inspiration and intuitive knowing. It encourages us to trust that everything is working out according to a higher Divine plan. Yet, it also empowers us to take charge of our own lives and to be responsible for creating a life we can be proud of. Black Moonstone invites us to look more closely at our own thoughts and how they affect the world around us, and then to choose thoughts which bless our lives with joy and peace. Black Moonstone helps to calm overreactions and helps us to logically and intuitively explore emotional triggers and other erratic energies.
Physical: Moonstone has been traditionally used by metaphysical healers to soothe hormonal fluctuations and to ease all aspects of menstruation, fertility, and childbirth. It is thought to be closely linked with the Pineal Gland and can help to balance hormones and other chemical systems. It is also believed to be helpful for healing the digestive tract and reproductive systems. Black Moonstone is said to be particularly good for treating postpartum depression or anxiety related to infertility or impotence.
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Mineralogy of Black Moonstone
Mineral Family: Feldspar
Chemical Composition: Various
Color: Black, creamy bands
Crystal System: Monoclinic
Form/Habit: Short prismatic
Fracture: Conchoidal to uneven, brittle
Location: Moonstone comes in a variety of shades, with important deposits found in Brazil, India, Madagascar, Myanmar (Burma), Sri Lanka, and the United States. The only known source for Black Moonstone is Madagascar.
Mineral Family: Moonstone is a term used to describe a variety of Feldspar minerals, all of which belong to the Silicate Family. Silicate minerals form the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Feldspar. Moonstone is the commercial name used for several types of Feldspar which show a silvery iridescence when cut properly. Most Moonstones are technically Anothroclase, but they can also be Orthoclase, Sanidine, Albite, Oligoclase, or Adularia. These stones are closely related to several other shimmering Feldspar minerals such as blue-green Amazonite, orange Sunstone, and multi-colored Labradorite. The vast majority of Moonstones are white or cream colored, but they can also be peach or black. Each color is marked by a soft iridescent shimmer.
Formation: Moonstone can be formed through igneous, sedimentary, or metamorphic processes. Its most famous feature is an iridescence which is usually white or silvery, but can also be blue or a even a full rainbow. This shimmer is called the “schiller effect” and is caused by tiny layers of various Feldspar minerals (most notably Albite) which are laid down during the crystallization process.
Mining: Typically mined from primary deposits which still have their original relationship with the host rock. Many Moonstone mines are small operations, little more than small shafts dug out by hand.
Enhancements: All Black Moonstones on the market are natural, enhanced only tumbling, cutting, and polishing.
History of Black Moonstone
Moonstone has been a prized gemstone for centuries. Unlike most healing stones, Moonstone isn’t a single mineral or a rock, but rather the title given to a variety of Feldspars that show a shimmering iridescence. Most Moonstones are white or cream colored, but they can also be peach or black.
Moonstone has been closely associated with the moon and goddess energies since antiquity. Black Moonstone is a relatively recent addition to the Moonstone pantheon and is associated with the “Dark Moon,” as opposed to the Full Moon, and the Dark Goddess, queen of Witches and the Sacred Mysteries.
For more information see: White Moonstone
Photos: Dark Goddess
Ethically Sourced Black Moonstone
The Miners sell directly to the Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is short and clean.
The Mine and Lapidary are located in the same country.
This Black Moonstone was artisanally mined in India.
The exact deposit is unknown, but most likely caused only minor environmental damage,
and would have been relatively low risk for miners.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Black Moonstone was polished in Mumbai, India.
The Lapidary is owned by two long-time friends and business partners.
Unusual for India, factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells exclusively at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I first met one of the owners of the lapidary at the Denver Gem Show in 2017. Our first encounter was short since it was my last day of shopping and I had already spent most of my budget. But their tumbled stock was the highest quality I had ever seen. A few months later we met again in Tucson and this time I made sure to see them at the beginning of the show!
In 2019, at the Tucson Gem Show, I was able to sit down with both owners and have a lengthy conversation about sourcing. Unlike most vendors, they were willing to speak with me in-depth about how they make sure their business is ethical. We talked about individual mines they source from both in India as well as how they source from other countries. We also talked about how they treat their own workers and about the links between business, karma and God. Their willingness to talk and their pleasure at the conversation makes me eager to continue to develop and deepen this relationship.
Safe Handling of Black Moonstone
What You’ll Receive: A 100% natural Black Moonstone
Selection Process: The stone I select for you will be carefully chosen for its beauty and appeal. If combined with other stones, I always take time to choose stones that look and feel good together.
Polishing Method: Polished by hand, one stone at a time. Each stone is unique and minor variations are what makes them beautiful.
- Color: Blackish-gray with a silvery shimmer, may have creamy-orange lines
- Polish: Shiny and mostly smooth
- Quality: AA
- Shape: Irregular polished shapes, mostly rectangles
- Size: Average size is 1 in / 25 mm
- Transparency: Opaque
- Weight: 0.6 oz / 17 g / 85 carats
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
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