Labradorite is a beautiful and iridescent mineral belonging to the feldspar family. Known for its flashing array of striking colours, its captivating and unique appearance makes it a highly-sought after gemstone. This BLOG post contains everything there is to know from the history and healing properties, to what causes the distinctive iridescent display and more.
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WHAT IS LABRADORITE?
Labradorite is a captivating gemstone that displays an iridescent play of colours, known as “Labradorescence." This enchanting mineral is a type of feldspar and is renowned for its ability to exhibit an array of vibrant hues. The base colour is typically a dark grey, black or greyish - green. However when light strikes the surface and interacts with the internal structure, there are many colours that can appear. When light enters the stone, it scatters and interacts with the layers of minerals within. As the scattered light waves interact with each other, they interfere constructively or destructively. This interference effect is what causes the striking flashes of colour we see. The most common colours seen are blue, green and yellow. It is also seen in the colours red, brown and purple, although these are not as common.
WHAT ARE THE HEALING PROPERTIES OF LABRADORITE?
In addition to the magnificent colouration, Labradorite is believed to possess a range of metaphysical and healing properties. While many crystal healers believe the benefits of crystal healing, its important to note it is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions regarding a medical or mental health condition.
Here are some of the prominent healing properties of Labradorite:
- Protection: Labradorite is often referred to as “The Stone Of Protection." Many people believe it creates a protective shield around the wearer or space it is in. It is thought to be effective in banishing negative energy, insecurities and fears.
- Emotional Healing: It is associated with emotional healing and said to be beneficial in calming the mind. Using this stone is thought to alleviate symptoms of anxiety, stress and fear. It may also promote emotional stability and balance.
- Meditation: Considered to be a useful meditation aid, it is thought to help individuals achieve deeper meditative states, connect with their inner selves and explore higher states of consciousness.
- Enhanced Intuition: It is said to enhance intuition and psychic abilities by helping individuals tap into their inner wisdom. This makes Labradorite a popular choice among mediums and psychics.
- Balancing Energy: Some individuals believe it helps to balance and harmonise the body's energy, including the chakras. It is thought to bring the physical, emotional and spiritual energies into alignment.
To harness the metaphysical and healing properties of Labradorite, it is often worn as jewellery, carried as a pocket stone, or placed on specific energy centres or chakras throughout meditation.
WHERE IS LABRADORITE FOUND?
First discovered in Canada, Labradorite's name is derived from a place named Labrador. While it was originally named after Labrador, it is not limited to this region. It can also be found in several other countries including Madagascar, Norway and the United States. Smaller deposits have also been discovered in Finland, Australia and China.
LABRADORITE OR SPECTROLITE?
You may have seen what appears to be Labradorite, also appear on the market labelled as “Spectrolite.” Both Spectrolite and Labradorite belong to the Feldspar family and although they do share some similarities, there is also some differences. Spectrolite is a sub variety of Labradorite, found in the Ylamaa region of Finland. The colouration of Spectrolite appears to look vivid and saturated in colour compared to Labradorite. Although both names are often used to describe stones from several localities, Spectrolite is a trade name used to describe material specifically mined in Ylamaa, Finland.
Labradorite can on occasion be labelled as Spectrolite to attract a higher price point for what is generally a high grade Labradorite piece. Remember, Spectrolite is found exclusively in Finland, so if its not from FInland, it's not Spectrolite.
HOW TO CARE FOR LABRADORITE
Labradorite has hardness rating of approximately 6 - 6.5 on the MOHS hardness scale. This means it is above the minimum recommendation to be submerged in water. However it is still not recommended to leave it submerged in water for prolonged periods of time. It can be cleaned with a mild soap and luke warm water. Rinse the stone well and dry with a soft cloth or set aside and allow to air dry. Ensure to take care when cleaning your Labradorite as it is still a relatively soft mineral that can be scratched easily. Using a tooth brush to clean Labradorite is not recommended and a soft cloth should be used as a safe alternative.
Short periods of sun exposure are generally considered safe, but excessive prolonged exposure may cause it to fade or dull in colour. To best ensure the longevity of your Labradorite, it is best to keep it away from sunlight altogether, or at the very least for short periods of time only.
WHERE TO BUY LABRADORITE
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