Labradorite a stone for transformation
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Semi-precious Labradorite is a deep yet radiantly greenish-grey gemstone that hails mainly from the upper reaches of the northern hemisphere.
It’s a member of the feldspar group of minerals and boasts some of the most eye-catching light displays in the gemstone world. Tied into the natural phenomena of these regions, the colours it refracts can range from peacock blue to copper red with iridescent flashes of green and gold everywhere in between.
A little more on the labradorite
As a relatively new member of the group of gemstones of the world, Labrodorite was only discovered in abundance in the 18th century. Paul Island near Nain in Labrador, Canada, was the site of this discovery and it’s gone on to become one of the world’s most interesting source locations of this particular gemstone.
Moravian missionaries are believed to have encountered the vibrant stone in 1770, who, of course, named it after the area in which it was first found. Its story may, in fact, go even further back than the 18th century, though; Inuit tribes and Beothuk people in and around the Newfoundland and Labrador areas are thought to have had a close relationship with the gemstone, as it is referenced in the legends of their days.
A natural phenomenon called ‘labradorescence’ comes from the unique characteristics of this gemstone. It’s an iridescent optical effect that is often likened to the colourful displays of the Northern Lights or the world’s most beautiful butterflies, so it’s easy to see how and why this caught the eyes of the Inuit and Beothuk people back in the day.
Its associations with the northern hemisphere only serve to strengthen its status as the gemstone of the Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights themselves – and that’s exactly why it’s become one of the most adored gemstones of the world in lands far from the northern rocks of Canada and Scandinavi