We're shining an iridescent light on Labradorite for the Month of May! A feldspar mineral most often found in igneous rock like basalt, gabbro, and norite, labradorite is well-known for it's iridescent color, a phenomenon known as "labradorescence". Specimens with the highest quality labradorescence are often selected for use as gemstones in jewelry.
Labradorite is named after it's location of discovery in Labrador, a Canadian province on the Isle of Paul. Inuits once called labradorite "fire stone" and would use powdered forms to assist in curing ailments. According to Inuit legend, a warrior saw the Northern Lights trapped in the rocks and struck them with his spear to free some of the lights. The stone was first described by Moravian missionaries of the late eighteenth century, introducing the stone into the European market.
Labradorite is not exclusive to Canada, however, and can also be found in Mexico, Russia and Finland. Since its discovery, labradorite has been a highly sought-after stone for use in jewelry.
Labradorite is considered a spiritual stone, helpful for people who tend to overwork. In the metaphysical world, labradorite is said to create a shield for auras, protecting against negativity of the world. Known for its changing colors, labradorite is often associated with transformation.
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