From many angles Labradorite can look like a common grey stone, but when it catches the light it's beauty is revealed. Labradorite gets it's name from the Labrador peninsula in Canada where a substantial deposit was found in 1770. Labradorite is famed for its magical properties, as it is said to raise a persons awareness and intuitive powers to the point where they can sense their own innate magical essence.
Geology - Labradorite is a rare plagioclase feldspar prized for it's beautiful flashes of blue, green, gold, orange, red and sometimes violet. This iridescence or 'labradorescence' as it is known is caused by light reflecting off inclusions of magnetite.
System - Triclinic
Mohs - 7
History - Eskimo legend says that the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) was trapped within the rocks around the Labrador coast, until one day a great warrior released them by cracking open the rocks with his spear. However, he was unable to release all the lights and that is why Labradorite still contains it's beautiful colouring.
Sourced from - Canada