Lalique’s Favorites: Moonstones

The Romans believed moonstones were crystalized moon-rays; one look at them and you’ll know why.

This ethereal mineral has a glow akin to the subtle light emitted by the moon. Known as adularescence, this phenomenon is unique to moonstones.

Not considered a ‘precious stone’, moonstones were almost ideal for René Lalique. Known for his use of non-precious materials like horn, glass, and enamel, Lalique used them frequently in his work  . . . enhancing their romantic quality with his sinuous Art Nouveau lines.

Perhaps the most well-known example of Lalique’s incorporation of moonstones is a corsage ornament known as the Dragonfly Woman. This iconic piece illustrates everything that is Lalique . . . the insect-themed female figure, the exquisite carving, the organic lines, the delicate enameling and the use of opals and moonstones – two of Lalique’s favorite gemstones – it seems he had a penchant for ‘blue’ stones.

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Dragonfly woman corsage ornament. Rene Lalique (1860-1945). Gold, enamel, chrysoprase, moonstones, and diamonds, 23 x 26.5cm (9 x 10 3/8”)1897 – 1898. 

Dragonfly woman has been housed at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon since 1908.

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Bats and butterflies pocket watch. Rene Lalique (1860-1945) Ca. 1899-1900. Gold, enamel, moonstone.

“Of gilt-finished jewelled lever movement, the openface pocketwatch of circular outline with blued-steel moon-style hands and applied black enamelled Arabic numerals, against the gold ground accented by blue and white enamelled fluttering butterflies, within a polished gold case, the reverse depicting numerous flying purplish blue enamelled bats, with scattered moonstone accents, further embellished by a sculpted gold serpent bow.”

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Thistle pendant. Rene Lalique (1860-1945) Ca. 1898-1900. Gold, glass, enamel, moonstone, sapphires, diamonds. Housed at Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon 

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Horn and Moonstone tiara.

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Enamel Peacock and Moonstone Brooch. Below: Seahorse and Moonstone Brooch. Lalique.

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MOONSTONE. Green. RARe. Natural Stunners. Quality Smooth Oval Cabochon. 1 pc. 5.85 cts. 10.5x12.5mm (MS205) $24.99

MOONSTONE. Green. RARe. Natural Stunners. Quality Smooth Oval Cabochon. 1 pc. 5.85 cts. 10.5×12.5mm (MS205) $24.99

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BLUE MOONSToNE. SuPERB INcREDiBLE Quality. RARe. Natural Stunners. Smooth Oval Cabochon. 1 pc. 3.75 cts. 8×10 x6mm (MS216) $89.99

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BLUE and RAiNBOW MOONSToNE. SuPERB INcREDiBLE Quality. RARe. Natural Stunners. Smooth ROUnD Cabochon. 3 pc. 5.65 cts. 7×9 and 6mm (MS218) $89.99

RAiNBOW MOONSTONE. SuPERB INcREDiBLE Quality. RARe. Natural Stunners. Smooth Oval Cabochon. 1 pc. 4.55 cts. 8.5x12x6mm (MS190) $126.99

RAiNBOW MOONSTONE. SuPERB INcREDiBLE Quality. RARe. Natural Stunners. Smooth Oval Cabochon. 1 pc. 4.55 cts. 8.5x12x6mm (MS190) $126.99

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