Iridescent Labradorite gemstone.
Unveiling the mystical allure of Labradorite.

Labradorite: Gemstone Information 

A common constituent of anorthosites, norites, basalts and gabbros as well as other igneous rocks. In the metamorphic environment it occurs in gneisses derived from basic rocks. It is found in Canada (Tabor Island, Nain area of Labrador, Newfoundland Province – extensive rock-like masses), Madagascar (striped labradorite from Bekily, the bands, due to twinning showed exsolution labradorescence). Blue ‘flashing’ labradorite from India is reported to show a similar effect as the light source, relative to the stone, is moved.

Blue labradorescent twinning bands become dark and vice versa. Found in Tanzania; Mexico, Russia, Brazil and widely distributed throughout the USA (in addition to the commercial Oregon deposits of faceting-grade labradorite (see sunstone). Gem-quality material has been recovered from localities in Arizona, California – Mode County (sunstone), New Mexico, Nevada and Utah – Sunstone Knoll, Millard County – yellow transparent; RI 1.565–1.572; SG 2.68 {similar material comes from Mexico and Australia, Hogarth Range, New South Wales, and near Spring sure, Queensland – pale yellow transparent RI 1.556–1.564; SG 2.695}).

Anorthosite rocks host iridescent labradorite at the very large Golovinskoe deposit in the Volyn district which part of the western Ukraine shield and at Dzhugdzhurskoe in the east of the Aldan shield, Russia. The normal rock-like labradorite is also found at other localities in Newfoundland, along the shore of Lake Huron, at Cape Mahul, at Abercrombie and at Morin in Quebec Canada. In Russia it occurs in the Ukraine especially at Gorodishch in the Zhitomir district, and in the Ural Mountains. In the USA small quantities occur in Arkansas, New Mexico and Vermont.

Transparent to translucent. Simple and polysynthetic twinning are ubiquitous. The latter may cause a grooved effect on crystal and cleavage surfaces that appear as striations. Usually massive.
• Luster: Vitreous
• Color: Usually colorless, white, greyish, pale yellow, bluish grey or greenish, with greyish massive material often showing a distinctive play of colors (‘labradorescence’) normally blue and green but can be yellow, golden, red and purple.
(RI 1.560–1.568) with a chemical composition between andesine and bytownite exhibits hues ranging from colorless to light yellow on the smaller stones to champagne or straw yellow on the largest.
The variety known as ‘rainbow moonstone’ exhibits multi-colored sheen. Semi-transparent blue and multi-colored sheen moonstone from Patna, Bihar, India (RI 1.56; SG 2.69) marketed as ‘Blue Rainbow’ moonstone
and ‘Rainbow‘ moonstone may be either labradorite or bytownite.
The finest stones have a reddish orange or sometimes a lavender sheen with areas of green and blue. The color effects shown by rainbow moonstone from India arise due to diffraction from intergrowths of repeated twin lamellae and not from exsolution. They appear white to almost colorless because they lack the ilmenite inclusions that give most labradorite a dark greyish body.
Black moonstone
Name given to colorless labradorite (anorthosite) which exhibits only sporadic bluish labradorescence and is darkened by needle-like inclusions, that give some degree of chatoyancy when appropriately cut. However, the name has also been applied to material from Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) that shows a similar effect to moonstone but with more ‘play of color’ (SG 2.69).
Bull’s eye
Name sometimes applied to relatively dark labradorite (anorthosite).
Lynx eye
Labradorite with a predominantly green iridescence.
Opaline feldspar
Name sometimes given labradorite from anorthosites.
Name sometimes applied to labradorite (from anorthosites) that exhibits dark reddish hues.

Labradorite: Unveiling the Mysteries and Benefits of the Spectral Gemstone

Labradorite, with its mesmerizing play of colors and enigmatic allure, stands as a gemstone steeped in mystique and intrigue. Known for its iridescent sheen reminiscent of the Northern Lights, Labradorite has captivated the hearts of gem enthusiasts and spiritual practitioners alike. In this exploration, we delve into the formation, historical significance, and myriad benefits of Labradorite, unveiling its profound beauty and potential for personal transformation.

Formation and Characteristics:
Labradorite is a feldspar mineral that forms in igneous rocks, particularly in basalt and gabbro. It owes its iridescence, known as labradorescence, to the presence of lamellar structures within the stone that refract light, producing flashes of vibrant colors. Labradorite typically exhibits hues of blue, green, yellow, and orange, with the intensity of its iridescence varying depending on the angle of observation and the quality of the stone.

Historical Significance:
Labradorite holds a rich history steeped in myth and folklore. Indigenous peoples of Canada, where Labradorite was first discovered in Labrador, believed that the gemstone fell from the frozen fire of the Aurora Borealis, imbuing it with otherworldly powers. In Inuit legend, Labradorite is said to contain the Northern Lights trapped within its depths, making it a stone of magic and protection. Throughout history, Labradorite has been prized for its mystical properties and ornamental value, finding use in jewelry, carvings, and amulets.

Metaphysical Properties:
In the realm of metaphysics, Labradorite is revered as a stone of transformation and spiritual awakening. It is believed to stimulate the Third Eye chakra, enhancing intuition and psychic abilities. Labradorite is said to facilitate inner exploration and self-discovery, allowing individuals to delve into their subconscious and unlock hidden truths. Its protective energy shields against negative influences and promotes spiritual growth, making it a valuable tool for meditation and energy work.

Physical and Emotional Benefits:
Beyond its metaphysical properties, Labradorite is also associated with various physical and emotional benefits. It is believed to alleviate stress, anxiety, and depression, promoting mental clarity and emotional balance. Labradorite’s soothing energy helps to dispel negativity and instill a sense of calm and harmony. Some individuals find that working with Labradorite enhances creativity and intuition, fostering inspiration and innovation in artistic pursuits.

Spiritual Significance:
In spiritual practices, Labradorite is revered as a stone of magic and manifestation. It is believed to amplify intentions and align with the universal flow of energy, facilitating the manifestation of desires and goals. Labradorite’s connection to the natural elements and celestial realms makes it a powerful tool for spiritual attunement and connection with higher consciousness. It is often used in rituals and ceremonies to invoke protection, enhance psychic abilities, and foster spiritual growth.

Practical Uses:
Aside from its metaphysical and spiritual significance, Labradorite also boasts practical applications. Its striking iridescence and vibrant colors make it a favored gemstone for jewelry, particularly in earrings, pendants, and statement rings. Labradorite’s unique beauty and mystical allure appeal to both collectors and fashion enthusiasts alike. Additionally, Labradorite is sometimes used in interior design, incorporated into decor elements such as countertops, tiles, and tabletops, adding a touch of natural elegance to any space.

Labradorite stands as a gemstone of unparalleled beauty, mystery, and spiritual significance. From its formation in the depths of the earth to its iridescent display of colors reminiscent of the Northern Lights, Labradorite continues to captivate the imagination of gem enthusiasts and spiritual seekers alike. Whether admired for its ornamental value, cherished for its metaphysical properties, or utilized for its practical applications, Labradorite remains a gemstone of enduring enchantment and allure.

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