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Do you know the difference between a Moonstone Bead and a Opalite Bead?

Before I get into this hopefully somewhat informative post I just like to point out that I love to work with both the moonstone cabochons also the opalite moonshine bead. Both are in their own way beautiful and have a similar bluish mystical glow. The real moonstone are more expensive that Opalite moonshine beads.

So without any delay, I am going to come right to the point.

Let's start with the real thing...the MOONSTONE and how the moonstone got it's name? Moonstones are named for their (blue moonlight colored flash) that resembles somewhat the crescent and waning phases of the moon. The name “moonstone” was given because the floating light resembles the glow of the moon through a thin cloud cover. This illuminating gem is looked upon and admired by all. A moonstone can easily be identified. 

What is the flash of a moonstone? 

Moonstone is the popular name used for gem-quality feldspar that exhibits the phenomenon of adularescence. Adularescence is a soft glow of light that appears to float just below the surface of a polished gemstone, usually a cabochon or a bead. 

picture of authentic moonstone cabochon gemstones


Now to the Moonshine Beads. The Moonshine beads or the Moonshine Stone Beads are all glass beads. They are beautiful glass beads but they are not moonstone beads. All run under the name Opalite which  is a trade name for synthetic opalescent glass and various opal and moonstone simulants. Other names for this glass product include argenon, sea opal, opal moonstone, and other 

Moonshine beads are also called Luminescent - Opalite Glass which is also a common name for the moonshine beads. I like to call them and as you can see on this picture they have an even blueish glow.

Like demonstrated with this Men's Rustic Wire Wrapped Pointed Crystal Leather Necklace the moonshine beads or Opalite Glass comes in various glass bead forms like pencil sticks. 

 I hope you enjoyed this informative read. I use both the genuine moonstone with it's very distinctive blue hue and the Opalite glass as a less expensive version. I would love it if you leave me a comment, if this post was helpful to you.


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