Labradorite is not, by any means, a new stone on the market. It’s wildly variant play of color reminds viewers of a coppery sunrise, the dancing skylights of the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, or the dance of sunlight off a deep blue sea. The stone is renowned for its wonderful stripes of prismatic colors and versatility in décor and jewelry.
Discovered in North America (Labrador, Canada) in the late eighteenth century, we have known about it for a while. However, it is really coming into its own in the jewelry world in the last few years. It is slowly creeping onto the red carpet on the hands of folks like Julia Robert. As it grows in popularity, it will also be more in demand. Trends in jewelry tend to follow the red carpet and runway pretty closely. However, you can get ahead of the curve! A little know-how, a bit of trend predicting, and you can be leading the charge in the up and coming popular stone.
Have a case of the blahs? Discover the magic of your spirit and its connection to the universe with Labradorite, the best stone for fighting off an existential crisis. A rock star of mystical lore and ancient legends, the Labradorite crystal meaning can be traced back to the native peoples of icy Canada that believed the stone was created from frozen fire, a result of the northern lights. With its pearly hues that shimmer in a range of iridescent blues and greens, the Labradorite crystal reminds us to keep it magical by linking us to the spirit world, a dimension where anything is possible. Other stones keep us anchored to the earth with their powerful grounding effects while Labradorite encourages us to keep our head in the clouds.
WHAT IS LABRADORITE?
Labradorite is a feldspar mineral of the plagioclase series that is most often found in mafic igneous rocks such as basalt, gabbro, and norite. It is also found in anorthosite, an igneous rock in which labradorite can be the most abundant mineral.
Some specimens of labradorite exhibit a schiller effect, which is a strong play of iridescent blue, green, red, orange, and yellow colors as shown in the photographs. Labradorite is so well known for these spectacular displays of color that the phenomenon is known as “labradorescence.” Specimens with the highest quality labradorescence are often selected for use as gemstones.
Labradorescence is not a display of colors reflected from the surface of a specimen. Instead, light enters the stone, strikes a twinning surface within the stone, and reflects from it. The color seen by the observer is the color of light reflected from that twinning surface. Different twinning surfaces within the stone reflect different colors of light. Light-reflecting from different twinning surfaces in various parts of the stone can give the stone a multi-colored appearance.
The body tone of labradorite is usually gray, black, or dark brown with labradorescence of greens, blues, and purples. Spectrolite displays the Schiller effect with flashes of colors such as blue, green, red, orange, and yellow.
Interestingly, the colors displayed by labradorite are not actually present in the stone, as in most other colored gemstones. Instead, it is the effect of light reacting with the imperfections within the mineral.
WHAT ARE THE HEALING PROPERTIES OF LABRADORITE?
Many generations have embraced the powers of Labradorite to heal and bring good mental health to those who own it. With heavenly properties absorbed from the Northern Lights, Labradorite delivers the inner peace and tranquillity that many of us need to deal with the stresses of everyday life (Click here to learn more).
Whether it’s in rough form or gemstone form, the very presence of Labradorite is a good omen for your ability to anticipate troubles and strife before they arrive, so it has been held close by many people in Canada, Scandinavia, Russia and even further afield in Madagascar and Australia.
CLEANING AND CARING FOR LABRADORITE
To ensure that your labradorite is shining and lustrous through the years, regular cleaning is recommended. Avoid using ultrasonic or steam cleaners when cleaning labradorite. Instead, use soap and warm water with a soft brush to wash the stone. Once washed, rinse labradorite jewelry in water and dry it thoroughly.
When storing labradorite, wrap in a cotton or velvet cloth and store separately. This keeps it free from dust and from being scratched by other items.
Keep your labradorite away from chemicals such as harsh detergents, bleach, and cosmetics. It is always better to take off labradorite jewelry when applying makeup and when doing household or outdoor activities that will expose it to chemicals.