Labradorite: Stone of Transformation

(Grounded Lifestyles, Booth 39)

Labradorite is a feldspar mineral of the plagioclaseseries, usually found in mafic igneous rocks like basalt, norite, and anorthosite.

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Most people know labradorite for its iridescent optical effect--so unique to the stone, it came to be called labradorescence. This phenomenon is not the result of actual colors in the stone but rather is created when light enters the stone, strikes a twinning surface and reflects that. Different twinning surfaces within the stone reflect different colors of light, giving the stone a multicolored appearance.

(Dancing Moon, Booth 2C)

The stone is usually a combination of gray, green-gray, and black, but the labradorescence brings out a color play of blues, golds, violets, and greens.

Labradorite was first discovered in 1770 on Paul's Island in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. It has also been found in Norway, Finland, Madagascar, and Australia.

(Jan and Nelson Avery, Booth 36A)

Legend has it that the Northern Lights were once trapped inside rocks on the Canadian coast until a brave warrior hit the rocks with a spear and freed them. But he missed some of the rocks, and they still hold the Northern Lights within them.

Slab of labradorite (top: polished, bottom: rough; Grounded Lifestyles, Booth 39)

Although labradorite is abundant, it is very difficult to cut and requires an extremely skilled cutter to bring out its characteristic colors. It is mostly cut into cabochons or beads.

(Laura Albert, Booth 3B)

(Gifts of Recovery, Booth 62A)

Highly mystical, labradorite is believed to heighten intuition and enhance psychic abilities. It is also said to be a stone of transformation and change, assisting in all types of changes and challenges.

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