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A popular name for pearly and opalescent microcline although some moonstone could be orthoclase, but data are few. Frequently improperly applied to peristerite variety of plagioclase. Antiperthite and anorthoclase may show schiller similar to moonstone and have been lumped together with true moonstone due to lack of a less generic name.

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Classification of Moonstone

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Other Names for Moonstone

Synonyms:
ChandrakantaChandra Kanta MoniFeldspath NacréHecatoliteStar Moonstone
Other Languages:
German:Hecatolit
Mondstein
Simplified Chinese:月光石
Spanish:Hecatolita

Other Information

Health Warning:No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

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    Localities for Moonstone

    The map shows a selection of localities that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.
    (TL) indicates type locality. ? indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. All other localities listed without reference should be considered as uncertain and unproven until references can be found.
    Australia
     
    • Northern Territory
      • Central Desert Shire
        • Harts Range (Harts Ranges; Hartz Range; Hartz Ranges)
    NT Mines + personal collecting
          • Mt Riddock Station
    NT Mines + personal collecting
        • Strangway Range
          • Alcoota Station
    NT Mines + personal collecting
    • Queensland
      • Flinders Shire
        • Hughenden
    Collection of NHM, Vienna
    http://www.austgem.gil.com.au/moonstone.html
    Austria
     
    • Lower Austria
      • Wachau
        • Spitz
          • Miesling valley
    Collection of Martin Slama
    R. Exel: Die Mineralien und Erzlagerstätten Österreichs (1993)
    • Styria
      • Packalpe
        • Pack
          • pegmatite outcrops
    C.Auer (2014)
    • Tyrol
      • North Tyrol
        • Zillertal
    R. Exel: Die Mineralien und Erzlagerstätten Österreichs (1993)
          • Zemmgrund
            • Mörchner area
    R. Exel: Die Mineralien und Erzlagerstätten Österreichs (1993)
    • Upper Austria
      • Linz
    R. Exel: Die Mineralien und Erzlagerstätten Österreichs (1993)
    Burma (Myanmar)
     
    • Mandalay Division
      • Pyin-Oo-Lwin District
        • Mogok Township
          • Bernardmyo
    Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok
    Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok
          • Chaung-gyi
    Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok
    Ted Themelis (2008) Gems and Mines of Mogok
    Ted Themelis (2008) Gems and Mines of Mogok
          • Kin (Guard Post)
    Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok
          • Kyatpyin North
    Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok
          • Kyauk-Pyat-That
    Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok
            • Sakangyi (Sakhan-gyi)
    Praszkier, T. and Sacchi, M. (2012) Huge pocket from Sakangyi, Myamnar. Minerals, the collector's newspaper, #4, 1-7.
    Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok
          • Marble Ark
    Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok
    Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok
          • Mogok Valley
            • Dattaw Hill
    Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok
    Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok
    Themelis, Ted, 2008, Gems and Mines of Mogok.; Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok
    Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok
    Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok
    Ted Themelis (2008) Gems and Mines of Mogok
    Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok
    Themelis, Ted, 2008, Gems and Mines of Mogok.; Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok
    AmMin 89:610–613 (2004)
    Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok
    Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok
    Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok
    Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok
    Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok
    Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok
    Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok
          • Pein-Pyit (Painpyit; Pyan Pyit)
    Ted Themelis (2008) Gems and Mines of Mogok
    Ted Themelis (2008) Gems and Mines of Mogok
    Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok
    China
     
    • Xinjiang Autonomous Region
      • Kashi Prefecture (Kashgar Prefecture; Qeshqer Prefecture)
    Yanling Tang (2005): Non-metallic deposits of Xinjiang, China [Zhongguo Xinjiang Fei Jinshu Kuangchuang]. Geological Publishing House (Beijing), 289 pp.
    India
     
    • Jharkhand
      • Hazaribagh District
    Richard M. Pearl: "Minerals of India", Mineral Digest, vol. 2.
    Richard M. Pearl: "Minerals of India", Mineral Digest, vol. 2.
    Japan
     
    • Honshu Island
      • Chubu Region
        • Toyama Prefecture
          • Nanto City
    Many Japanese collectors know this locality
    Mexico
     
    • Chihuahua
      • Mun. de Saucillo
    Van King
    Norway
     
    • Aust-Agder
      • Iveland
        • Rossås (Rosås)
    Wilke, H.-J. (1976): Mineral-Fundstellen Band 4: Skandinavien. Chr. Weise Verlag, München, p 34-35
    • Vestfold
      • Larvik
        • Tjølling
          • Ula
    Berge, S. A. (1978): Månestein. NAGS-nytt 5 (1),9-10
    Poland
     
    • Lower Silesia (Dolnośląskie)
      • Karkonosze Mts (Karkonosze Massif)
        • Jelenia Góra District
    ŁAPOT W., SZEŁĘG E., 2003: Moonstone from the Karkonosze pegmatites (the Sudety Mountains, Poland). Miner. Polon., Vol. 34, No 1.
    Eligiusz Szełęg private collection
    Sri Lanka
     
    • Central Province
      • Ambakotte
    • Sabaragamuwa Province
      • Ratnapura District
    http://gemexplorer.org/archives/ratnapura-sri-lanka
    Ceylon Aluvial Mine, (Book, Co. 2002)
    • Southern Province
    USA
     
    • Alabama
    Gems and Minerals of America- Jay Ellis Ransom-1974
    • California
      • Inyo Co.
        • Amargosa Range
          • Funeral Mts (Funeral Range)
    Kunz, George Frederick (1904), Precious stones: Mineral Resources U.S., 1903: 950; Murdoch, Joseph & Robert W. Webb (1966), Minerals of California, Centennial Volume (1866-1966): California Division Mines & Geology Bulletin 189: 184.
    • Connecticut
      • Fairfield Co.
    Manchester, James G. (1931): The Minerals of New York City and Its Environs. New York Mineralogical Club Bulletin: 3(1): 70.
    • Georgia
      • Forsyth Co.
        • Buford
    Minerals of Georgia: Their properties and occurrences. Robert Cook GGWRD Bull 92
    Minerals of Georgia: Their properties and occurrences. Robert Cook GGWRD Bull 92
    Gems and Minerals of America- Jay Ellis Ransom-1974
    • Indiana
    Gems and Minerals of America- Jay Ellis Ransom-1974
    • Nebraska
      • Holt Co.
    The Minerals and Gemstones of Nebraska CSD U Neb EC 2
    • New Mexico
      • Grant Co.
    Minerals of New Mexico 3rd ed.
      • Sandoval Co.
    Minerals of New Mexico 3rd ed.
      • Sierra Co.
    Minerals of New Mexico 3rd ed.
    The Minerals of New York City & Its Environs, New York Mineralogical Club Bull. Vol. 3, No. 1, Manchester, J.G. (1931): 84.
    • North Carolina
    U.S Bureau of Mines, Sep 1995
        • Democrat
    Wilson,W.F.,and McKenzie,B.J(1978)Mineral Collecting Sites In North Carolina;NCGS Information Circular 24
    Gems and Minerals of America-Jay Ellis Ransom-1974
    Wilson,W.F and McKenzie,B.J,1978,Mineral Collecting Sites in North Carolina,Information Circular 24
        • Bandana
    Richard James Jacquot,Jr,2003,Rock,Gem,and Mineral Collecting Sites In Western North Carolina, pg # 46
        • Bryson City Feldspar District
    Wilson,W.F,and McKenzie,B.J,1978,Mineral Collecting Sites in North Carolina,Information Circular 24
      • Yancey Co.
    Richard James Jacquot,Jr.,2003,Rock,Gem,and Mineral Collecting Sites In Western Nortn Carolina,pg # 186
    • Rhode Island
      • Washington Co.
        • South Kingstown
    Miller, 1972. Minerals of Rhode Island, p.57.
    • Tennessee
    Gems and Minerals of America-Jay Ellis Ransom-1974
    • Virginia
        • Amelia (Amelia Court House)
    AmMin 3:27-28 (1918); Arthur A. Pegau (1932) Pegmatite Deposits of Virginia. Virginia Geological Survey; Bulletin 33.
        • Winterham
    Minerals of Virginia, 1990 by R. V. Dietrich; Richards, R. P., Kearns, L. E., & Cook, W. R. (1998). Morphology of Chiolite twins from the Morefield mine, Amelia County, Virginia. Canadian mineralogist, 36, 1009-1016.
        • Moneta-Forest
          • Otter Hill
    Minerals of Virginia, 1990 by R. V. Dietrich
    Gems and Minerals of America-Jay Ellis Ransom-1974
      • Hanover Co.
        • Hewlett
    Minerals of Virginia, 1990 by R. V. Dietrich
    Gems and Minerals of America- Jay Ellis Ransom-1974
    Gems and Minerals of America-Jay Ellis Ransom-1974
    • Wisconsin
      • Marathon Co.
    Myers, Paul; Muhan Sood, Louis Berlin & Al Falster (1984) The Wausau Syenite Complex, Central Wisconsin: 30th Annual Institute on Lake Superior Geology, Field Trip #3: 41-42.
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