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Mahnaz Collection Blog

Mahnaz Collection is a New York based fine vintage jewelry collection

Spotlight: Moonstones

Mahnaz Ispahani

As March takes us from late winter to early spring, we celebrate the movement of the seasons in the mysterious, luminous beauty of the moonstone.

A cabochon moonstone and 18k gold collar, Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe for Georg Jensen, Denmark, c. 1970. Signed Torun and Jensen

A cabochon moonstone and 18k gold collar, Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe for Georg Jensen, Denmark, c. 1970. Signed Torun and Jensen

According to Hindu mythology, the moonstone is made of solidified moonbeams; lovers who exchange moonstone rings will be granted eternal love; as a talisman this “traveler’s stone” offers safety on perilous journeys; and its many associations with the moon endows the moonstone with the magic of fertility and youth. Fabergé and Tiffany & Co. designed dazzling necklaces with swags of moonstones, and the British firm of Liberty used moonstones for their Arts & Crafts jewels. Among the modernists, the moonstone has been used to great and diverse effect with lasting appeal.

A ring of cabochon moonstone, diamonds, 18k gold, and platinum, Paloma Picasso for Tiffany & Co., U.S.A., c. 1980s. Size 8 ¼” 

A ring of cabochon moonstone, diamonds, 18k gold, and platinum, Paloma Picasso for Tiffany & Co., U.S.A., c. 1980s. Size 8 ¼” 

A ring of cabochon moonstone and 18k gold, Christa Bauer, Germany, c. 1960s. Size 7 ½” 

A ring of cabochon moonstone and 18k gold, Christa Bauer, Germany, c. 1960s. Size 7 ½” 

A pair of moonstone and orange-brown colored diamond pendant earrings, Hemmerle, Germany, c. 2000s

A pair of moonstone and orange-brown colored diamond pendant earrings, Hemmerle, Germany, c. 2000s

A cocktail ring of 9 moonstone balls, 14k gold, and a sapphire set on the underside of the ring, Size 5 ½” 

A cocktail ring of 9 moonstone balls, 14k gold, and a sapphire set on the underside of the ring, Size 5 ½”