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Crystal Structure

Moonstone Crystal Shape

Chemical Name

Potassium Aluminum
Moonstone Photo

Crystal Animation

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Dot Moonstone is the gemstone variety of the mineral Sanidine.
Dot It occurs in hydrothermal veins formed at low temperatures.
Dot The interference of light by crystals within or on the surface of moonstone cause iridescence.
Dot An alkali feldspar
Moonstone has a monoclinic crystal structure.
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