What is Rainbow Moonstone?
Perhaps one of the most confusing gems out there. For decades, this incredibly popular gem was known under the name Rainbow Moonstone and believed to be a moonstone as a result. But this gem is actually a white labradorite; a member of the feldspar species of minerals.
- The most common colour of labradorite is the greyish-blue variety of the gem that you will find quite regularly in our jewelry pieces.
- Labradorite also has another variety known as white labradorite or within the jewelry trade as 'rainbow moonstone' despite not being a moonstone. This is purely for historical reasons.
- There is a third variety known as spectrolite. There is much debate of whether this name should be given to specimens from Finland or whether it's for labradorites that show a unique play of colours (or more specifically, a specimen that shows all the varieties of labradorescence). These may range from green to blue passing by orange and brown.
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