Throughout history Moonstone, a mesmerizing stone from the feldspar family, has captivated the hearts of jewelers for its dreamy iridescence. Moonstone is a soft stone and when it’s not taken care of, it won’t be as gleaming as the first time you set eyes on it. To maintain the brilliance you fell in love with, you must protect, clean, charge, and store the gem properly so you’ll be able to enjoy its beauty and wisdom for many years to come. Here’s how:
When cleaning the house, lifting heavy items, or participating in strenuous activities, it is best to remove your Moonstone jewelry as it may be exposed to housecleaning products and high heat that may cause scratches and breaks. If you’re not wearing it, store your Moonstone in a felt-lined jewelry box with many compartments to keep your jewelry from rubbing against one another. Wrap each piece in soft cloth or felt and if your Moonstone jewelry has shown visible scratches, ask your jeweler for a repolish to bring back its luster.
Take note that ultrasonic and steam cleaners cannot be used for Moonstone. What you may use though is warm soapy water for cleaning. Or you may opt for a gentle, non-acid based jewelry cleaner or several drops of dish detergent mixed with water. First off, soak your Moonstone in the cleaning solution for 2 to 5 minutes. Then, gently remove the stone and dry with a soft cloth.
This method is used to remove the negative vibrations absorbed by Moonstone. If there’s a nearby stream or ocean, you may first wash your Moonstone jewelry under the running water, so it can not only be cleansed, but also be charged with the energy of the natural water at the same time. If there’s no available resources, then tap water will do.
Another way is by cleansing the Moonstone gem in salt water as salt has always been a purifier. What you can do is leave your Moonstone overnight, submerged in a glass bowl that’s half full with salt water. After soaking the gem, rinse it in cool running water to remove the excess salt. Be sure to dispose the salt water so it won't get used again as it will have absorbed the negative vibrations of the gem.
You may also smudge your Moonstone gem if you don’t wanna use salt. This can be done by burning a smudge stick or using an incense. Hold your Moonstone in the smoke for 30 seconds to a minute to remove any stored energies. Sandalwood, sage, and sweet grass are the favorites. They’re best at releasing elements into the air that remove negative energy. You might also wanna put a small dish of salt next to you, so it can absorb the negative energy being freed from the gem.
Once you’ve cleansed your Moonstone jewelry, it is now time to empower it with fresh energy. Start charging it one night before the full moon. Simply leave the gem outside under the moonlight and let the moon do its work. You might also wanna set your intention and say a few words to the moon by holding it in your hand and saying “Only positive, high vibrational energy may flow through this stone.”
Or you may hold your Moonstone jewelry to your 3rd Eye Chakra and declare your purpose: “I charge this moonstone for clarity/renewal/healing/love/guidance …” or whatever you wish. After the third night, your Moonstone gem is ready to be worn again, gleaming as always.