Labradorite

Where does Labradorite come from? Well... Labrador is where it was first discovered in 1770

   Where is Labrador? Canada... Labrador and Newfoundland are a pair of closely connected provinces on the East Coast of Canada. Labradorite was discovered there first... by Moravian missionaries. Labradorite can also be found in other parts of Canada as well as all over the world such as The United States, Mexico, South America, and Norway. Madagascar and Finland produce the most impressive pieces.

   What is Labradorite?   Get out your dictionary there are some big words coming... Labradorite is a member of the plagioclase (tectosilicate minerals... if that helps at all) series of minerals that are comprised of feldspars that range in composition of pure albite (NaAlSi3) to pure anthorite (CaAl2 Si2 O8). Labradorite is defined at approximately the 50% to 70% anthorite. By definition it must contain 50-70% calcium to 50-30% sodium in the sodium/calcium position of the crystal structure. All members of the plagioclase series usually display lamellar twinning called "Albite Twinning". The twinning is caused by an error in the crystal structure during its growth....Whew...

   Why does Labradorite look so pretty and have so many colours?? Well that is what they call Labradoressence... What is Labradoressence? The Labradoressence colour display is from lamellar inter growths inside the crystal. These inter growths result from compatible chemistries at high temperatures becoming incompatible at lower temperatures and therefore causing  a separating and layering of these two phases. The resulting colour effect is caused by  a light ray entering a layer and being refracted back and forth by deeper layers. This refracted ray is slowed by the extra travel through the layers and mixes with other rays to produce a light ray coming out that has a different wave length than when it went in. The wave length corresponds to the wave length of a particular colour. The effect depends on the thickness and orientation of the layers and also upon the angle of the viewer or the angle of the light source. If the layers are too thick or too thin, or if the angle of the viewer or light source is not correct then 'Labradoressence' will not be seen.
  
   Labradorite has been used in jewelery since the 18th century but has had other uses as well such as the production of glass and is widely used as crushed stone for road construction, it too is used as a road building material. Like other plagioclase feldspars, it can be used in the manufacture of ceramics acting to increase the strength and durability of ceramic and to cement the other constituent materials together. Also, because it has a ranged melting point it can be used as a fluxing agent to produce glassy phases in the ceramic. All big words aside, Labradorite can be absolutely breathtaking and there are never 2 stones alike which makes it a very mesmerizing stone to work with.

   Labradorite has such a mystical appearance, it can seem like such an ordinary looking rock but with just a slight tilt of your head, the most beautiful flashes of colourful light appear. It is no wonder that this mystical appearance has inspired legends and was used in healing potions by the Inuit people of Labrador.


The Legend
 
   It is said that while an Inuit warrior was wondering along the coast, he saw that some of the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) had been trapped in the rocks along the shore, with the swing of his mighty spear, he freed these lights. The Inuit also believed that the spirits of their dead ancestors could be seen in the Aurora Borealis. Although Labradorite may have been 'discovered' by Europeans, the natives of Labrador (the Eskimo Inuit who lived on the coast and the Native American Innu who lived inland) had been using a powdered form of the rock to cure their ailments, calling it “fire rock” or “fire stone” because of its mystical appearance .

The mystical/spiritual/metaphysical/healing aspects of Labradorite.
This stone has also been refered as Magic Stone or Merlin Stone.

   There have been many qualities attributed to this beautiful stone such as good luck, lucid dreaming, clear insight, enhanced psychic abilities, good for the bones and brain, intuition, dispelling negative energies, depression and anxiety .
Because of the very nature of this stone, it has a holographic aspect to it and so many variations in colour, it could be related to almost every chakra depending on the colour of the stone, and the very fact that the flashes of light that are seen depend on the angle at which you turn the stone, makes this a very interesting stone on a metaphorical level.  If you take into consideration that it is how the light enters the stone and how the stone’s individual cracks and “cleavages” reflect the light as it passes through are what give each stone it’s unique appearance, you could say that this stone is very much like ourselves. We are multidimensional, versatile, durable, and the cracks that form while growing cause beautiful flashes of light to be seen by others depending on their perspective. Our mind also works this way, experiences, stresses and strains on our psyche can alter the way in which knowledge or information (light) enters, and as it passes through, bounces from each cleave to alter the way in which it is perceived .
Labradorite is actually just a grey-black to brown  stone,somewhat translucent when held up to a light ,quite plain in appearance. A "Blue Labradorite" is not actually blue, it is the light entering the stone, splitting and bouncing back the appearance of Blue, in other words it is creating the "Illusion of Blue" or " Holding the Vibration of Blue".


   Inner reflection and insight, spiritual growth, meditation, focus, new perspectives and creativity are to name but a few areas that this breathtaking stone has inspired.

Labradorite Associations
Although Labradorite is not traditionally associated with any one particular birth month, it is associated with the Moon and Unarus,Aquarius,Sagittarius and Scorpio.

 Labradorite is a grounding stone and yet enhances psychic abilities, intuition and grants inner knowledge of mystery,
it "Holds your feet as you fly".

Chloey :)
Chloey@labradoritesandgems.com