No, not THAT New Moon. The January 4th will see the first new moon of 2011. And of course, thinking of the moon makes one think of moonstones.
For years, I had wanted a moonstone ring. A friend of mine had one, and I had always admired it. Mind you, I had always admired everything about this friend’s style — she is one of those people who always looks perfectly, effortlessly put-together. (Of course, the fact that she is a six-foot-tall cool blonde probably contributes somewhat to this effect, I’m thinking.)
Anyway, on a trip to Holland in 2005 with my now-husband, we stopped at this tiny little store in a tiny little town, and there, he bought me a sterling silver ring with a moonstone in it. The funny thing was that I put the ring on my right ring finger, as that is where it fit. When we exited the store, all of our Dutch friends started oohing and aahing and clapping. It turns out that they wear their wedding bands on their right ring finger, not their left. So they thought we had just gotten engaged.
I look at this ring and am flooded with good memories. If I had a chance to grab any of my jewelry in the event of a fire, this ring would be one of the first things I would grab.
In India, moonstone is regarded as a sacred stone. It is believed to bring good fortune. And really, couldn’t we all use more good fortune in 2011?
So it is a stone that is reputed to bring good fortune AND it is a stone to which I hold a great sentimental attachment. Do I really need more reason than that to hunt for pretty moonstone jewelry for my beloved readers? No. No I do not need more reason.
You could have stunning moonstone-and-pearl earrings :
Or you could have this beautiful bracelet:
And of course, you simply cannot go wrong with a moonstone ring! Mine is sterling silver, but this unique gold one is SO eye-catching, no? It’s a wee bit pricey, but it would make a marvelous engagement ring (a deliberate engagement ring, as opposed to my inadvertent false Dutch engagement adventure, obviously.)
May the new moon and the new year bring you plenty of good fortune (and plenty of pretty baubles, of course!)