Wouldn’t you love to wear the frozen crystals that had fallen to the earth from the Aurora Borealis? This is exactly what labradorite was once thought to be upon first discoveries in in Labrador, Canada. The first reported discovery of this magical mineral was in 1770 in Labrador by Moravian missionaries.
Still a gemstone representing magic, ethereality and extraordinary experiences, people are often drawn to labradorite when they seek to experience life in a deeper and more transformative sense and continue to seek new knowledge and new experiences. Worn often by healers and energy workers, this stone is also a strong stone of protection against negativity and the harshness of the world.
Associated with the throat chakra, labradorite is a gemstone of expression in the verbal sense as well as creative and emotional.Meditating with labradorite is said to help elevate the consciousness and to see all human beings in the light. What a perfect gemstone to remind us to not only “be the light” ourselves, but to see the light in all those around us!
Labradorite is a member of the feldspar family, like its close cousin, moonstone. Named for the first place it was found, Labrador, Canada, this stone truly mirrors the brilliant colors of the Northern Lights! This phenomenon is called Labradorescence, the luminous, rainbow or colored flash the stone exhibits when turned in the light. Labradorite stones can also show blue, teal and green flash on a dark body-color.
While labradorite falls at a 6-6.5 on the hardness scale, it is actually not a very tough nor wearable stone due to its cleavage, which makes the stone susceptible to parting and fractures. Labradorites that are worn frequently should be worn with extreme care, and only in protective settings. The internal breaks and “inconsistencies” in this stone are actually part of its unique beauty, creating beautiful patterns of flash in the layers of this gem material. Spectrolite, is a name given to very high quality labradorite, usually from Finland, which exhibits a strong rainbow flash.
A fascinating fact about labradorite and it’s gemstone family, is that when this stone occurs in a clear to white body color this stone is called rainbow moonstone! Yep, that’s right - rainbow moonstone isn’t exactly moonstone, it’s the same mineral, feldspar, but technically it is white labradorite.
Besides moonstone, labradorite is also related to andesine, amazonite and sunstone - as these all are felspar minerals with similar make-ups. Wear your labradorite for protection, clarity, enlightenment and recognizing the light in yourself and the world around you.