Otherwise known as labradorite feldspar, this stone displays the phenomena iridescence in the form of beautiful array of metallic colours, otherwise known as ‘labradorescence’. Labradorite is named after its place of discovery – Labrador, in Canada.
Labradorite was first described by missionaries in the 18th century and it was only introduced to the European market around 1770. However pieces of the gemstone thought to be up to 3000 years old have been found. The Labrador natives, the innuit Eskimos, have long known about the stone and attribute mystical qualities to it. Their myths associated the stones iridescence with the phenomena of the Northern Lights, which they believed were captured inside the stone.
Labradorite is associated with opening the heart and symbolizes clarity and co-dependancy. The stone is also associated with the mind and is thought to enhance perception and intuition.
Where is labradorite mined?
Today labradorite is mined in both Northeastern Canada and Madagascar.
Labradorite is 6-6.5 on the Mohs scale.
Blue, Green, Grey, White.