The Stone of Magic: Labradorite
|Colour||Greyish to black with blue, yellow|
|Appearance||Iridescent blue-green or gold flashes|
|Hardness||6 - 6.5|
|Source||Canada, Finland, Norway, United States, Mexico, Madagascar, Australia|
Labradorite is known for its mystical appearance. No two Labradorite stones are alike. At first, it may seem like an ordinary looking rock, but with the slightest tilt, its beautiful flashes of colourful light are revealed.
A member of the feldspar mineral family, Labradorites remarkable display of colour is known as labradorescence, a phenomenon caused by the diffraction of light in the layers of rock.
Labradorite gets its name from the Labrador Peninsula in Canada, where it was originally discovered in Canada in 1770.
Although Labradorite may have been 'discovered' by Europeans, the native Inuits of Labrador had long been using a powdered form of the rock in healing potions. They referred to it as "Fire Stone" due to its mystical appearance.
Legend has it that the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) shone down on to the shores of Labrador and were captured inside these colourful stones. When a wandering Inuit warrior discovered this, he attempted to release them into the sky with his mighty spear. But he was unable to free them all, leaving behind the show of lights we see in Labradorite gems today.
Labradorite has long been considered to be a stone of transformation and magic. It's thought to possess powerful protective properties and can assist its wearer in finding their true path in life, as well as contributing to true and honest expression.
Believed to help bring out psychic abilities and facilitate communication between the spiritual and physical world, Labradorite may assist its wearer in recalling dreams and experiences from past lives.