Moonlight on the Sea Pendant
We are Moon Watchers at Cross Jewelers
I think this simple rustic piece showing waves sweeping ashore, with its gnarly rough night background antiqued black, and with a big old moon hanging in the sky low to the horizon, is one of the most romantic pieces we have.
The moon glows blue in the night sky, the waves are high polished silver. I can hear the waves. I can smell the salt air.
Part of what I love about this piece is it’s not pristine-jeweler-perfect-form. I love its rustic, real presence, and when worn, it simply attracts the eye. We guarantee it will draw attention, even guys will ask about it and when they do, it’s up to you to hold your half of the conversation. The piece is not too big, not too small, it’s just right.
– R.H.P. Owner Cross Jewelers
Moonbeams and Moonstone
Moonstone is named after its amazing visual properties. Looking at a moonstone is akin to looking at the moon itself. In Hindu mythology moonstone is said to be made of moonbeams traveling to earth made solid. As light moves across the surface the light within takes on a life of its own capturing the moon’s spirit and personality. Each of our Moonlight on the Sea pendants show natural inclusions, it’s part of the allure, magic and charm of this gem.
Did you know? Thursday, May 7 is the last supermoon of 2020.
The May moon is called the Flower Moon, for all of nature’s flowers that bloom in May. It’s a bigger, brighter moon than the rest of the year. This year the moon in May appears 7% bigger and is 15% brighter, so go out and get a good look next week.
Our other real story is about a secret beach here in Maine where real Moonstones roll in the surf.
A Secret Beach
Ten, fifteen years ago I told my staff where Moonstone Beach is. No one was paying attention. That’s good because after we recently cut and polished a moonstone from this beach and then set it in white gold and surrounded it with diamonds everyone wanted directions to this secret beach.
It’s best no-one knows, so I don’t say, and I won’t tell. If the world knew, the beach would be overrun and forever changed.
I will be going back one of these days, to one of the two places in Maine I know where moonstones roll in the surf on sunny days and beneath star-filled skies on moonlit nights. I’m tempted to bring my row boat to go out beyond the breakers for a night row. No one knows where this beach is. I was sworn to secrecy by a jeweler friend. His motives were noble. He said, “Tell no-one. If they knew, people would come for the wrong reasons. They would stop seeing the ocean, stop seeing the waves on the shore. Adults would take over beach activities. Kids would be pushed aside.”
Here is the irony; kids already know there are gems on this beach. I’ve been there summer days. Kids are good scientists. They are close to the earth. They know things. They tell their parents about what they are finding. I listened in those three days that I was at Moonstone Beach as armies of fourth grade scientists were explaining to big people what was there, in rocks and mineral gems and gold and silver*. The kids might as well have said, “I just caught a two headed sea serpent, can I take it home?” Their parents humor them. The parents come to this beach oblivious to what’s really there. I have found gem garnet, pink tourmaline, and moonstone. I suspect the kids know more than I do.
So yes, when I go, I’ll bring my row boat, slide it out of the pickup, slip it into the sea one calm clear night at high tide when the moon is full, to row in Moonstone Cove. To glide over a tide-filled Moonstone Beach where hundreds of moonstones roll in the sands beneath the waves.
Nothing of what I have just said should give you reason to consider owning this pendant. The moonstones are not from Maine, but rather from India. The moon and moonstone is about power and pull, the give and take of our nearest celestial neighbor. The moon is about time and tides. The average human lifespan is 78 years which means we live a thousand full moons.
* The kids claimed gold and silver. I am certain they are mistaken I’m certain they are wrong, I am certain they were seeing flecks of silver and gold mica – but heck, I’m just a big person.
At Moonstone Beach
Shown above is our Maine moonstone from this secret beach . This moonstone is nice, the best in the world? Not at all, but it is moonstone from Maine never the less. Our moonstone diamond necklace is on display in our Portland, Maine store. You may touch, you may try on, but it’s not for sale.
Moonstone from Maine is not available in quantity or quality. For the finest moonstones, we source our gems from the other side of the world. Moonstones are magical with billowy light that floats within the gem.
More on the Secret Beach
For the deeper story of Maine’s secret Moonstone Beach click on any piece of Moonstone jewelry. We have a lot written about this beach and, no matter what, we still won’t tell you where it is.
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