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Moonstone Mine

Moonstone is soft milky white stone whose name is a semblance in colour to the moon. Moonstone is a type of feldspar known as orthoclase, with a monoclinic crystal system. These translucent gems typically found in Sri Lanka, Brazil, Madagascar, India, Germany, Tanzania, Mexico, Australia and the United States. Moonstone, which contains potassium aluminum silicate, comes in varying colors and degrees of shimmer. There is powerful folklore associated with moonstone, and virtually every culture in the world has a belief about moonstone's unique healing capabilities. Moonstone has "cleavage planes" that produce a silvery bluish-white chatoyancy - an almost cat's eye quality that changes in relation to the light reflected from its surface.

In Sri Lanka Moonstone mines can be found at Meetiyagoda, located between Ambalangoda and Hikkaduwa, is one of the few places where they are found in such high concentrations. It is believed by the villagers that this piece of land, around an acre in extent, is blessed by the moon. The moonstone is grey and feels cool and smooth to the touch when polished and has a glow like that of the moon. The finest are bluish in colour and there are quite a few of them in these mines. At Meetiyagoda, you can see or even go down into the deep, narrow shafts from which the stones are mined. The visitor centre will provide information related to the Moonstones while the large shop on the premises sells moonstones as well as other valuable gems found in Sri Lanka.