The History of Labradorite Gemstones

This magical gemstone was named after Labrador, Canada, where it was first discovered on the Isle of Paul, near Nain in 1770.  Legend has it that the Northern Lights are contained within these beautiful gemstones.

Labradorite Gemstone

THE HISTORY

Labradorite is a fairly new addition to the semi-precious gem world.  Not discovered until the 1770s, the Moravian Missionaries who first found this iridescent mineral rock on the Isle of Paul in Labrador, Canada, used Labradorite gemstones extensively in jewelry making.  Labradorite gemstones were popular throughout Europe and especially in England & France, during the 1700s and 1800s.

Labradorite

HEALING AND MYSTICAL PROPERTIES

Considered to be one of the most powerful and protective stones in the crystal kingdom, Labradorite is believed to protect against negativity and protect the aura.  Labradorite enhances mental awareness and aids in connecting with your natural psychic abilities.  Labradorite is known to be a powerful tool to help access past, present and future memories and to help give foresight when important decisions need to be made.  Also known to help calm impulsive behavior and temper negative sides of our personalities.  Considered a “stone of magic” it is valued greatly by diviners, healers and shamans.

Labradorite Gemstone Beads

THE SCIENCE

Labradorite is a Plagioclase Feldspar which shows adularescence (a white or blue light seen when turned).  This optical effect is so unique that the term “labradorescence” was created to describe it.  This effect occurs as a result of diffraction of light in the layers of the stone.  The most highly prized labradorites show a full spectrum of color in its labradorescence.

Rosecut Labradorite Gems

THE STATS

MINERAL:  Plagioclase Feldspar

MOHS HARDNESS SCALE:  6.0 – 6.5

REFRACTIVE INDEX:  1.560 – 1.572

CHEMISTRY:  NaAISi308 and CaAI2Si208

COLORS:  Gray and black labradorite stones show a wide range of colors when observed at different angles due to their labradorescence.  Blue labradorite, gray-green labradorite and pal green labradorite are just a few of the colors seen with this gemstone.  Labradorite can also show colors of copper-red, gold, pale champagne and various shades of blue-green, much like a peacock feather.

LOCATION:  Labradorite is found in Canada, Australia, Madagascar, Mexico, Norway, Russia and the USA.

Labradorite Beads

CARE AND CLEANING

As labradorite is not a hard stone, care should be taken with its cleaning and storage.  The best way to clean labradorite is with warm water and a mild soap.

Store your labradorite in a soft pouch or a padded jewelry box.  Its best to keep it away from other gemstones and hard metals to prevent scratches on your gemstone.

Labradorite Gemstone Beads

 

EXAMPLES OF LABRADORITE JEWELRY

Antique Labradorite Brooch

Brooch - Circa 1890, Labradorite, Seed Pearl & Diamond

 

Jensen Silver Labradorite Necklace

Antique Silver and Labradorite Necklace, circa 1920s

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