Labradorite gemstone

Labradorite gemstone


Published On: 04-10-2013 01:29am

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Labradorite is one of my new favorite gems, such complexity of color with a luminescence and it complements your whole wardrobe.  Labradorite is a feldspar mineral occuring in maficigneous rocks, and presents as clear, white to gray colors.  Gem quality labradorite is known as spectrolite; which is a colorless variety, darkened with needlelike inclusions, it is often called black moonstone.  Spectrolite is a dark and opalescent blue with a shimmer when the light hits it.


The luminescence in labardorite is called ‘Labradorescence’ and is a side-effect of the molecular change which occurs in large crystal masses of anorthosite, producing an iridescent play of colors. This labradorescence, or schiller effect, is the result of light diffraction within the lamellar intergrowths.  Gemstone varieties of labradorite exhibiting a high degree of labradorescence are called spectrolite.

The geological type area for labradorite is Paul's Island near the town of Nain in Labrador, Canada. It has also been reported in Norway and various other locations worldwide.

According to an Eskimo legend, the Northern Lights were once imprisoned in the rocks along the coast of Labrador. It is told that a wandering Eskimo warrior found them and was able to free most of the lights with a mighty blow of his spear. Some of the lights were still trapped within the stone, and thus we have today the beautiful mineral known as labradorite.

Traditionally, labradorite is thought to bring good luck. Labradorite is also thought to have mystical properties.  It’s said to provide quick relief from anxiety, hopelessness and depression, replacing them with enthusiasm, self-confidence and inspiration. It is said to dispel negativity and to bring clear understanding by enhancing clarity of thought and improving one's ability to cooperate with others in harmony.   Labradorite is also said to give perseverance, strength and enhanced intuition when one is experiencing times of conflict and change.


Labradorite is also thought to have healing properties and is particularly effective in alleviating bone issues, disorders of the spinal column and the wear and tear of the joints. Rheumatism and arthritis may also benefit from this stone's healing powers.   Labradorite is told to be helpful in treating eye and brain disorders, and to help regulate metabolism and the digestive process.

Psychologically, labradorite has a calming and harmonizing effect, so it is a wonderful stone for irascible people. It improves intuition and clarifies the possessor's own views and objectives.

 

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labradorite

http://www.shimmerlings.com/gemstones/labradorite.htm


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