Telling the difference between opalite and moonstone
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I have a tear-drop shaped pendant. A long time ago, I was told the stone is a rainbow moonstone. But I have also been told it is just opalite/opalized glass. How does one tell the difference? I've looked at pictures of rainbow moonstone and opalite, and it seems like it could be either one.
Posted at 3:40 pm Mar 20, 2008 EDT
Opalite is a manmade glass, made to look like opal!
Opal I believe is more opqaue, opalite looks more like glass with the opal sheen in it.
Check out this gem index, it explains in more detail and has pictures:
Posted at 4:25 pm Mar 20, 2008 EDT
this is opalite
this is moonstone
Opalite is white and milky and depending on how the light hits it it can have a blue shade or an orangy yellow one
moonstone's flash is blue and is more opaque.
Posted at 4:31 pm Mar 20, 2008 EDT