from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A variety of feldspar valued as a gem for its pearly translucence.
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- n. A translucent gemstone, an orthoclase feldspar, that has a pearly lustre.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A nearly pellucid variety of feldspar, showing pearly or opaline reflections from within. It is used as a gem. The best specimens come from Ceylon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A variety of feldspar which by reflected light presents a delicate pearly play of color not unlike that of the moon.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a transparent or translucent gemstone with a pearly luster; some specimens are orthoclase feldspar and others are plagioclase feldspar
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The moonstone is another example of this peculiar feature which is possessed in a more or less degree by all the stones in the class of pellucid jewels, but no stone or gem can in any way even rival the curious mixture of opaqueness, translucency, silkiness, milkiness, fire, and the steadfast changeable and prismatic brilliance of colour of the precious opal.
He took the one I would rather have him take -- a beautiful pearl, like my friendship is for him, shadowed by the moonstone, which is my unworthiness.
Next is moonstone, which is the creamy off-white one, and finally white quartz, a cloudy pure white stone (and also my favourite of the new bunch).
The feldspar gems, such as moonstone, amazonite, and labradorite, also cleave very smoothly in certain directions.
For example, if you wanted to do a spell with lunar energy, you could use moonstone—called moonstone because its color and peculiar sheen resemble the Moon’s light—to draw that energy down.
There are Muran glass ones (like the green one on my bracelet), animals (I bought a hedgehog), inlaid ones (the flower/moonstone one), and dangly ones (like the one at the right).
Placing the moonstone between his brows she put her palms over him, chanting
She sprinkled ground eucalyptus and myrrh across his eyes, then lifted a piece of moonstone.
Also got a few decent shocks from The Vampire Diaries, as Damon offs Mason Lockwood after torturing the truth from him about Katherine and the moonstone.
Threatening to "rip this town apart until it rains blood" if she doesn't get the moonstone, Katherine demonstrates her mojo by coldly killing Amy right in front of Stefan.