Labradorite: The Stone of the Northern Lights
Known to be a very intuitive stone, Labradorite is famous for the range of colors it emits and is widely used in jewelry and carved lapidary items. I have made a signature collection of key Labradorite pieces with an eye for beauty and present them to all lovers of gems and minerals. It is one of my very favorite stones. 🥰
Copper Bug's stone jewelry pieces are created with a copper-plated foundation, which serves to bring out the labradorescence, or colored flashes, of these gemstones. Storing the stones in oils before they are polished and sold to be made into jewelry or home decor prevents them from drying out and cracking easily.
This fascinating class of flashy Feldspars derives its name from the peninsula of Labrador, where it was officially discovered in 1770 and named after the area. The first Labradorites were found primarily on the eastern border of Canada. Flashes of blues and yellows against a base color of grey characterize this Canadian region's highly coveted Labradorite stones.
Feldspars coat the earth, and their abundance is a reason they are a little slower to catch on with the gem-loving populace, but the population is beginning to recognize their Feldspar glory more and more. Other flashing Feldspars include Sunstone, Moonstone, Larvikite, and Nuummite.
The myths and legends that surround this gemstone are genuinely fascinating. An Inuit tale says that the Northern Lights fell from the sky into these stones. A great warrior attempted to free the lights from the stone with his spear, but he was unable to succeed fully. Because of this, Labradorite still displays its shine. Labradorite is a gemstone thought to bring out the true power of the mind and helps the wearer to go way beyond his or her limitations in any task. It also helps the wearer share their strengths with the people around them by helping them relate better to others.
Labradorite is a sister to Moonstone, and it is thus said to grant the wearer inner sight and knowledge that are the mystery that is the psyche. Labradorite is thought to protect the aura of the wearer and align the self with the universe. This alignment allows him or her to achieve their destiny.
Although connected to all of the chakras, Labradorite is most strongly associated with the third eye chakra, found on the brow. The gem is said to lessen negative energy when used in conjunction with prayer or meditation. Labradorite is also said to help the meditator view into the future, past, and domains of the timeless.
Apart from Canada, rockhounds find Labradorite in China, India, Russia, Mexico, Australia, Madagascar, the United States of America, and Scandinavia. Scandinavia's rare variety is called Spectrolite because it shows the full spectrum of color in its flashing fire.
Labradorite jewelry is supposed to bring magic to the wearer. Labradorite pendants are said to give their wearers awareness of multiple layers of reality. Labradorite rings are said to enhance the sending and receiving of magic to and from the wearer. And Labradorite earrings are said to help you hear messages from your guides that they would otherwise miss.
If you own a piece of Labradorite, be gentle with it. To clean, do not use salt or ultrasonic cleaners or jewelry dips as these can damage the stone. Instead, wipe the face with a smooth damp cloth to let its color shine.
If you would like to read more about Labradorite and other stones, you can find The Book of Stones, Revised Edition: Who They Are and What They Teach and Crystal Lore, Legends & Myths: The Fascinating History of the World's Most Powerful Gems and Stones in these Amazon links. Full disclosure: if you choose to purchase either one of these books from the given links, I may earn commission as an Amazon Associate.
I use these books frequently, and I highly recommend both, but the Book of Stones especially. It is packed with invaluable gem and mineral knowledge, and I have learned so much from it in its time with me!