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Dark Labradorite



Name:

The name is derived from Labrador (Canada), where it was first discovered in 1770.

Description:

Labradorite is truly a fascinatingly beautiful material. Its a mineral whose charm is not fully noticed and may be overlooked if not viewed from the proper position. These beautiful flashes of colour change according to the angle of light refraction, and may be somewhat metallic tints of blue, green, yellow, and pink, with the majority of the stone itself a dark grey in colour. Spectrolite is a trade name for Labradorite, owing to the spectral colours in the gemstone.

Gemmological Characteristics:

Labradorite is the plagioclase feldspar most commonly used as a gem. The feldspar group of minerals has several notable members. Amazonite is the green variety, Moonstone comes in various shades from white to tan and grey. Orthoclase is a transparent yellow variety, Labradorite or spectrolite flashes with spectral colours. It is a medium hard stone at 6 in Moh’s scale and its lustre is vitreous.

Holistic Properties:

It frees the spirit from others and helps in releasing one from co-dependency, or addictive behaviour. Labradorite is also said to promote courage, clarity and strength of will.

Sourcing:

The geological type area for labradorite is Paul’s Island near the town of Nain in Labrador, Canada. It occurs in large crystal masses in anorthosite and shows an iridescence or play of colors. The iridescence is the result of light refracting within perthitic lamellar intergrowths resulting from phase exsolution on cooling. It also is found in Finland, Norway and Russia.