What is Labradorite?
- Labradorite is a plagioclase feldspar, which from many angles can look like a common grey stone. However, when it catches the light it's beauty and hidden colours are revealed with 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.
How is Labradorite formed?
- Labradorite has a triclinic crystal system and a hardness of Mohs 6 - 6.5.
- Labradorite is found generally in basic to intermediate igneous rocks such as basalt, andesite and diorite.
Where is Labradorite found around the planet?
- Labradorite can be found in Canada, USA, Madagascar, Norway, Finland, Slovakia, Australia, Russia and China.
What is the history and folklore of Labradorite?
- Labradorite gets it's name from the Labrador peninsula in Canada where a substantial deposit was found in 1770.
- 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.
How do I care for Labradorite?
- Polished Labradorite can be easily cleaned by wiping it over with a soft damp cloth, for rougher pieces use a soft brush to flick off any dust.