Labradorite is a member of the Feldspar family and is treasured for its remarkable play of color, known as labradorescence. The base color of the stone can be gray-green, dark gray, black, or grayish-white. Within that tone are multiple layers that refract light as iridescent flashes of peacock blue, teal green, and gold. Sometimes Labradorite shows a rare flash of coppery red or brilliant purple.
Lore of the Inuit people claims Labradorite fell from the frozen fire of the Aurora Borealis, transforming the mundane into the extraordinary. Labradorite was also known to be in use by the Red Paint People of Maine for over a thousand years. In the late 1700's missionaires came across this gem, and named it for the area it was found, in Labrador, Canada.
This shimmering gem has a mystical light which is said to separates the waking world from unseen realms. It is a Stone of Magic, a crystal for all who embrace the workings of the universe as a way to seek self knowledge and inner guidance.
Labradorite can be one of the most powerful protectors of the mineral kingdom, creating a shielding force throughout one's aura and strengthening one's natural energies from within. Its beautiful play of colors, subtly changing in various lights is said to temper negative energy, whether it has been building up on a personal level, or is encountered in the outer world.
The play of color in Labradorite reminds one of the possibilities for positive energy that can be accessed when one approaches difficult situations in a new light. Labradorite can calm an overactive mind while bringing fresh, focused energy to one's imagination. It can help eliminate the emotional drain of daily routine or heavy responsibility.
Labradorite encourages contemplation and introspection, bringing clarity to intellectual thought. This changeable gemstone can assist in expanding intuitive wisdom to help one dispel personal illusions. This is beneficial in determining the root cause of an emotional issue, and can open one to internal peace. It is an uplifting crystal, helping to banish fears and insecurities while enhancing the ability to trust in oneself.
Most Labradorites show many internal features within each stone, completely unique, like a fingerprint. It is common to find markings within the stone that look like small fissures or breaks or even dark areas and spots. These are completely natural and do not affect the integrity of the gem, only enhances its ability to mirror the nuances in each of us. The patterning is an aspect of the stone's original identity, complete with all its variations.