Labradorite was first discovered on the coast of Labrador in Canada by a missionary around 1770. Since then, the shimmering iridescent effect known as labradorescence has made this phenomenal gem a staple for collectors and jewelry connoisseurs.
Labradorite is a member of a large family of gemstones known as Feldspar. Other members of this family include moonstone, sun stone and rainbow moonstone. The phenomenal effect comes from the microscopic layers of triclinic crystals that slow down light entering the stone, causing interference. It is relatively soft which makes it easy to carve, however its two directional cleavage can make it tricky to work without splintering.
Normally labradorite occurs as a dark gray stone, however the gem quality material from Canada exhibits flashes of blue, green and spectral colors. Slightly different but nonetheless beautiful material is also mined in Madagascar and Finland. The most valued type of labradorite is found in Finland (called Spectrolite), it displays dark and opalescent blue with a shimmer when the light hits it.
Labradorite is 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.
Creating unique jewelry pieces featuring labradorites is always exciting – it truly is a stunning gemstone! If you are interested in creating a custom piece, contact us today – we have a wide selection to choose from and can easily source any gemstone you may require!