One of my favorite stones Amy uses for her jewelry is Labradorite. Just look at a piece and your mind will be tricked trying to figure out what color this stone is. Is it grey? Did you just see a flash of yellow? Blue? Green? Even purple? The answer is yes, yes you did.
Labradorite was first 'discovered' by Moravian missionaries in 1770 but the stone is mentioned in Inuit tribe folklore much earlier. According to one Inuit legend, Labradorite fell from the Aurora Borealis and is a magical stone that transcends worlds.
The magical optical illusion you see when looking at Labradorite is called labradorescence (Labradorite is the only stone with an optical illusion named after it). This affect occurs because there are internal fractures inside the stone that reflect light back and forth, making different colors. The mineralogy community disagrees with how Labradorite should be classified as a stone. Dana's System of Mineralogy lists Labradorite as an individual mineral, but the International Mineralogical Association lists it as a sodium-rich variety of Anorthite. It forms in igneous environments in diabase (fine-grained intrusive igneous rock) and when in contact with metamorphic rocks.
In the store we have told you Labradorite is from Labrador, Canada; but through this research I have learned there are deposits of it in other places around the world as well. Finland is blessed to have a good supply of Spectrolite, which is Labradorite with dark reds, orange, yellow, blues and green color flashes. Other places Labradorite can be found include Ukraine, Madagascar, and in the United States it can be found in New York, Utah and Texas.
If Labradorite was not already fun enough, here are some awesome facts and affects it can have on you:
-Rainbow Moonstone is actually white Labradorite
-Labradorite is considered the stone of transformation and magic
-Labradorite provides protection
-Labradorite attract Success
-Labradorite reduce stress and anxiety energies by boosting self-confidence energy
-Labradorite is associated with the solar plexus and brow chakras
Come into the store and check out our selection of Labradorite--we have an amazing selection to choose from!
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