Labradorite: All you need to know
A gemstone that has a phenomenon named after them, labradorite is a stunning gem that’s still relatively new to the world of jewellery. A newer discovery compared to other gemstones, labradorite doesn’t lack in power or colour, and is a stone that we think deserves more recognition. Here’s all you need to know about labradorite, from its mystical colour to its connection to ancient legends…
Found in Labrador, Canada
Labradorite was first discovered in the late 1700s in Labrador, Canada, which is where it gets its name from. Compared to other gems, labradorite is a fairly new addition to the gemstone family, but it’s definitely not one to be overlooked. The most valuable labradorite is found in Labrador but since its discovery, labradorite has been found in Australia, Finland, Germany, Madagascar, Mexico, Russia, and the USA.
Labradorite is a feldspar mineral that’s enriched with calcium. It’s formed by alternating layers of two feldspar minerals which have different chemical compositions. To get the true shine and colour of labradorite, light interacts with the gemstone and the diffraction of light causes the phenomenon, better known as labradorescence. This is what gives labradorite its iridescent effect. While it’s technically colourless, labradorite has hues of white, grey, brown, green, purple, blue, and yellow, and really shines when it’s hit by the light.
The Stone of Mysticism
Despite labradorite only being a few hundred years old, it has a long history that’s steeped in legend. Labradorite is linked to the Labrador region of Canada, as well as the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis. According to Inuit folklore, the Northern Lights were once stuck inside rocks on the Canadian coast. An Inuit warrior saw this and struck the rock with his spear to set the light free. The light that wasn’t freed remained in the rocks, which produced labradorite and its beautiful iridescent colour and sparkle. Due to this legend, labradorite is known as the stone of mysticism and magic, with many people believing it awakens the inner spirit, psychic abilities, and intuition.
Luck, courage & healing
Labradorite is known as a stone that brings good luck. Its magical powers and mysticism are said to aid concentration, courage and expels negative energy. For those who wear labradorite or carry it around with them, they should have feelings of calm, balance, and comfort within their lives. It’s also an incredibly grounding stone that’s said to help with health problems, including blood circulation, breathing, anxiety, digestion, and alcoholism. Regardless of whether you believe gemstones have these powers, the beauty of labradorite is hard to deny, and if you want a piece of jewellery that’s eye-catching and demands attention, fill your jewellery box with stunning labradorite crystals.
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