PEARL | MOONSTONE
Pearls come in white, pink, silver, cream, golden, green, blue, and black and are formed by mollusks, most often by saltwater oysters.
While pearl has a Moh’s hardness of only 2.5-4.5, they are very compact. They range in size from a pin head to a pigeon’s egg.
On average, pearls are estimated to have a useful life of 100-150 years. Avoid contact with chemicals and wipe them off with a moist soft cloth after wearing.
Do not use ultrasonic cleaners to clean moonstone. Clean moonstone with warm soapy water, then, rinse and dry.
Moonstone is typically colorless, but it can also exist in gray, brown, yellow, orange, green, pink, blue and white. It has a Moh’s hardness of 6-6.5.
Historically, moonstone was thought to be associated with the gods by Greeks and Romans. Hindu myths thought moonstone to be made of solidified moon beams.