5 Ways to Tell if Your Moonstone Is Real,

and How to Detect Raw Moonstone

There are many different stones on the market today, including the extremely popular moonstone. This stone has long been famous for its properties and unique magical beauty. The jewelry made with this stone remains a welcome gift for many.

Despite the large selection of moonstones, there are also natural stones that will have no such value and properties as the real ones. But they will look exactly the same, and only a specialist can tell about the authenticity of a real stone.


There are several features that allow the buyer to doubt the authenticity of the moonstone: layers, structure, color, reaction with water and heat.


Are there any ways to determine how to tell if moonstone is real?

There are several features that allow the buyer to doubt the authenticity of the moonstone:

  1. Layers. If you look at moonstone in light, you can see the layered structure inside. You cannot see the separation of layers in synthetic stone; they are blurred.
  2. The natural moonstone will have a blue luster and, most importantly, a flickering inside - an irisation. Also look at light at an angle greater than 15 degrees, as moonstone cannot refract light at an angle greater than 15 degrees. If a stone shines at different angles it is a fake.
  3. You can also put a stone in water for 1-1.5 hours. If the moonstone has become brighter and its color has increased, then the stone is natural. In general, it is worth saying that fakes and synthetic stones are brighter and richer than natural stones.
  4. A real stone heats up over a long period of time, so if you hold it in your hand it is likely to stay cold. A fake stone made of glass will immediately become warm.
  5. Look at the structure of the stone. If the stone is perfect and its price is not too high, it is most likely a fake. Natural stones usually have bubbles and cracks.

Remember, that although it is sometimes possible to determine for yourself whether you are looking at a real stone or not, it is better to trust professionals who will accurately determine the authenticity of the moonstone. And, of course, remember that it is better to buy stones at proven locations with certificates of authenticity.


The vast majority of moonstones are cut into smooth domed cabochon shapes to better convey adularescence and color.

Sometimes you can also find moonstone in the form of beads.
The stones are available in various shapes:

  1. Round.
  2. Oval.
  3. Square.
  4. Rectangular.
  5. Tear-shaped.
Moonstone is not usually made with faces, as it does not show the glimmer for which it is loved by so many.
Please note that if the moonstone is cut in the form of a cabochon, the dimensions must be the same and the profile must not be too flat. Very flat cabochons look bad and have no particular value.



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Raw moonstones are particularly popular now. They look very natural and are used for laconic and simple decorations. Raw moonstone does not have a pronounced flicker or shine, but it looks very unusual and natural, reminiscent of its natural origins. Jewelry with this stone is totally unique.

Raw moonstone is most often found on sale in white with black or blue inclusions of various sizes. Although the blue or iridescent stone is not cut, it still shows glimmering. You can also find moonstones in other colors - peach, pink, grey, and others. The texture of the raw moonstone is uneven and has many dents. It is worth noting that high-quality raw moonstones contain few inclusions and cracks and have a rather rich color when it comes to colored minerals.

Raw moonstone is usually used as an amulet or talisman. As we have already said, these stones have now become popular in the jewelry business and are used in various types of jewelry - rings, pendants, and other items. An untreated stone looks great in combination with both gold and silver.


Now you have learned how to distinguish natural moonstone from a fake one. Always be interested in the authenticity of the stone, take your time, think about it, and test it using the methods described. Then you will get a moonstone decoration that will delight you for years to come with its unique properties and beauty. Read our article Moonstone Meaning by Color - White, Silver, Blue, Peach, and More

Kindly note that healing gemstone meanings are not prescriptions or healthcare information.

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