Apr 16, 2014

A to Z of Gemstones - L is for Labradorite

Labradorite is a gemstone that was named after Labrador in Canada, where it was found on the Isle of Paul, near Nain in 1770. Labradorite is a feldspar mineral of the plagioclase series which shows adularescence (a white or bluish light seen when turned). This optical effect is so unique to labradorite that it has been termed "labradorescence". It is the result of diffraction of light in the layers of rock. Labradorite has become a popular gemstone because of this unique iridescent play of color that many specimens exhibit.

Labradorite is found in Canada (Labrador, Newfoundland), Australia, Madagascar, Mexico, Norway, Russia and the USA.

According to an Eskimo legend, the Northern Lights are captured in the minerals on the coast of Labrador. This is not surprising considering the magical, iridescent colour of labradorite. Labradorite is thought to be a magical stone that possesses powerful protective properties and helps its wearer to find their true path in life.


Above is a picture of a necklace that  I currently have available made using Labradorite beads. Below are some more example of Labradorite jewellery from members of the Jewelry on Etsy team.





capitalcitycrafts said...

Great article, love the jewelry too!

TheSilverBear said...

As a very old gemologist, the best I'd be able to give this blog would be a 10 out of 10, lol. A brilliant write-up, as always, from Sharon. Thanks so much for the inclusion, & looking forward to your next piece.

SendingLoveGallery said...

wonderful blog post! I really love this gemstone, and thank you for including my necklace in your article on labradorite : )

Beadsme said...

Love the labs. Choices are awesome.

Urban Pearl Studio said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE Labradorite!

Lori Taggart said...

Beautiful! I love the idea of the Northern Lights being captured in those stones!


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