Moonstones are among the world’s most beautiful gemstones. Like their namesake, moonstones have a silvery light that seem to emanate from within. This is called adularescence, reminiscent of the blue sheen of the moon reflected on water. This gem has a history of use as a talisman for fertility, love, protection and sleep.
Barbara first saw moonstones at school, when her metalwork teacher introduced her class to simple jewellery work. it was "love at first sight."
"They have a subtle beauty which I found magical," she said. Collecting moonstones for over 40 years, Barbara is renowned for the quality of her moonstone collection, featuring rings and necklaces. Barbara acquired the gems from mines in India. These mines produced some of the world's most astonishing moonstones. However, since these sources have dried up, it's becoming difficult to get top quality materials.
The quality of Barbara's moonstone jewellery collection is evident in its colour, clarity and sheen. The gems come in a variety of colours, but the best ones have a vibrant, blue sheen and perfect clarity. They are usually cut into domed cabochons to accentuate the aforementioned adularescence.
Barbara uses moonstones in many ways but particularly likes to contrast them with the brightness of diamonds. Moonstones work particularly well in Barbara's most recent rock collection. Set in dark silver, the diamonds evoke looking up into a starlit night sky.