Labradorite, named after the Canadian province of Labrador where it was first discovered in 1770, has since been found in Australia, Finland, and Madagascar, Mexico, Norway, Russia, and the USA. Labradorite exhibits such captivating colors that legends arose that the Northern Lights shone down and were captured inside the stone.
Labradorite displays a beautiful iridescent play of colors, which move as the stone is rotated. Labradorite gemstones usually have a dark base color with metallic-looking color plays of blue, green, red, and yellow. This iridescent effect known as labradorescence, is named after this stone. It is caused by internal fractures that reflect light back and forth, dispersing it into different colors. Labradorite is often heavily flawed with internal dark lines and streaks. Handle Labradorite with care, as it is sensitive to pressure and can easily crack or chip.
Chemical Formula: NaAlASi3O8 to CaAl2Si2O8 Sodium calcium aluminum silicate
Color: Dark grey to grey-black, with the colorful iridescence of blue, green, yellow, red, brown, purple, and/or multicolored
Hardness: 6 - 6.5 Mohs scale
Crystal Structure: Triclinic; platy, prismatic
Refractive Index: 1.559 - 1.570
SG1: 2.69 - 2.72
Transparent to opaque
Density: 2.65 - 2.75
Care of Labradorite
Clean using a soft cloth and soapy water rinsing well and polishing after to remove any soap residue. As with most gemstones, ultrasonic cleaners and steamers are not recommended. Store in a soft case away from hard objects to avoid being scratched.
Metaphysical Properties associated with Labradorite
*All metaphysical or healing properties listed below are collected from various sources. The validity of the information is not guaranteed nor expresses the artist's views. This compiled information is offered as a service for those interested in potential metaphysical properties and not meant to treat medical conditions.