Labradorite is one of my new favorite gems, such complexity
of color with a luminescence and it complements your whole wardrobe.Â Labradorite is a feldspar
occuring in maficigneous
rocks, and presents as clear, white to gray colors.Â Gem quality labradorite is known as
spectrolite; which is a colorless variety, darkened with needlelike inclusions,
it is often called black moonstone. Â Spectrolite is a dark and opalescent blue with
a shimmer when the light hits it.
The luminescence in labardorite is called â€˜Labradorescenceâ€™
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.Â Gemstone
varieties of labradorite exhibiting a high degree of labradorescence are called
The geological type area for labradorite is Paul's Island
near the town of Nain in Labrador,
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.Â
Itâ€™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. Â Â 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. Â Â Labradorite is told to be helpful in treating
eye and brain disorders, and to help regulate metabolism and the digestive
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.