What is Labradorite?Labradorite is a variety of plagioclase feldspar that is widely known for its play of colors. When the mineral is moved under incident light it produces flashes of iridescent blue, green, yellow or orange. This optical effect is known as “labradoresence” and is caused when planes within the mineral reflect specific colors of light. According to an Eskimo legend, the Northern Lights were once imprisoned in the rocks along the coast of Labrador. It is told that a wandering Eskimo warrior found them and was able to free most of the lights with a mighty blow of his spear. Some of the lights were still trapped within the stone, and thus we have today the beautiful mineral known as labradorite.
The Metaphysical Powers of Labradorite:Labradorite is said to provide quick relief from anxiety, hopelessness and depression, replacing them with enthusiasm, self-confidence and inspiration. It is said to dispel negativity and to bring clear understanding by enhancing clarity of thought and improving one’s ability to cooperate with others in harmony. Labradorite is particularly effective in alleviating bone issues, disorders of the spinal column and the wear and tear of the joints. Rheumatism and arthritis may also benefit from this stone’s healing powers.
General Information About Labradorite:
- Color: Transparent through gray but yields a play of colors that produces iridescent flashes of blue, green, yellow, red or orange light
- Hardness: 6
- Optical Properties: Translucent to transparent
- Luster: Vitreous
- Cleavage: Perfect in two directions
- Specific Gravity: 2.6 to 2.8
- Crystal Properties: Triclinic
- Mineral / Rock Type: A mineral found in igneous rocks
- Healing Properties: None scientifically proven.
- Other Properties: A play of color known as “labradorescence”