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Labradorite Gemstone

The Native  Americans  called  this  gem  ‘Firestone’  because  they  loved  the  way  the  light captured inside the stone looked as if it was dancing with fire. The gem has a gorgeous iridescence,  or  play  of  colours,  and  is  named  after  the  location  where  it  was  found  on  the island of St. Paul, in Labrador, Canada (the same place that the dog bearing the same name was  first bred).

Take a quick glance at it in a poorly lit room and you might at first see a dull, uninteresting  stone, but turn up the light or take it outside, observe it more closely and the gem’s full magic will  be  displayed.  As  light  dances  across  its surface it becomes as mystical and as beautiful as  the  Northern  Lights.  This  effect  is  known as labradorescence and is truly a one of a kind  mineralogical experience that should be viewed  first-hand to really appreciate its beauty.

The intense colours seen in this optical effect  range from gorgeous blues and violets, to  forest  greens, golden yellows and sunset oranges. In  rare  instances  it  is  possible  to  find  examples  where  all  of  these  colours  are  displayed  simultaneously. This colour effect is caused by  the light entering the gem and being refracted  like a pinball trapped inside a pinball machine,  bouncing off the layers inside the gemstone. 

At  first  sight  Labradorite  can  appear  a  little  boring,  with  a  deep  smoky  grey  to  brown  exterior. But look past this and slowly rotate the  gem. If you don’t see a kaleidoscope of colours  suddenly  appear  before  your  eyes,  it’s  not  a  great example and not worthy of being set in  jewellery! 

According to myths and legends, Labradorite is  thought to unleash the power of the mind and  was even believed to aid in overcoming one’s  limitations. It is said to protect your aura and to  align your personal self with the universe to help  you achieve your destiny. 

Associated with the third eye (the brow chakra) this gem lessens negativity and is used in prayer  and  meditation.  Being  a  sister  to  Moonstone,  Labradorite  grants  the  inner  knowledge  of  mystery and enhances psychic perception.  As well as in Canada, Labradorite is also found  in Madagascar, China, India, Australia, Russia,  Mexico,  Scandinavia  (where  it  is  known  as  Spectrolite) and the USA. 

One of the rarest gems we try and always stock at  GemCollector is a gorgeous yellow Labradorite.    Unlike  the  Labradorite  coming  from  Canada,  this  material  is  completely  transparent  and  is  similar to Red Labradorite (see separate section)  in terms of clarity and brilliance. Just like Citrine  and Lemon Quartz, when you wear this gem you  can’t help but smile.

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Labradorite is a favourite with our designers.


Yellow Labradorite