Geology / History

Labrodorite is a type of feldspar consisting of between 30-50% Albite & 50-70% Anorthite. Labradorite was named after peninsula of Labrador in Canada, where it was first found. It shows labradorescence - a shiller effect in lustrous metallic tints, often blue & green, sometimes the complete spectrum, purples & pinks are rare.

This effect is caused by interference of light from lattice distortions resulting from alternating microscopic exsolution lamellae of high & low calcium plagioclase phases.

Metaphysical Properties

The bringer of light. A highly mystical & very protective stone aiding the enlightenment & ascension process. Deflects unwanted energies & prevents energy leakage from the aura. Labradorite forms a barrier to negative energies shed during therapy & sustains a strong energy circle.

It raises consciousness, grounds spiritual energies & connects with all universal energies. Stimulates intuition & psychic gifts while connecting the soul to its higher self.

This Shaman stone banishes fears, insecurity & psychic debris casting out lower vibrations. Calms an over active mind relieving stress & energising imaginative thought. Labradorite synthesises intellectual thought with intuitive wisdom & allows the compilation to be understood by the conscious mind.

A stone of transformation, providing strength, happiness & perseverance. Resonates with all chakras. Meditating with Labradorite unveils the mysteries & wonder in the connectivity of all life. A powerful thought amplifier & manifestation tool. Labradorite shifts the barriers between worlds connecting to all hidden realms & allowing shape shifting between them. 

Crystal Healing

Depression, stomach issues, lung ailments, anxiety, skin disorders.

Mineralogy

Group: Feldspar (Silicate-Tectosilicate)

Crystal System: Triclinic

Composition: NaAlSi3O8CaAl2Si2O8

Form/Habit: Usually massive

Hardness: 6-6.5

Cleavage: Perfect

Fracture: Uneven to conchoidal

Lustre: Vitreous

Streak: White

Specific Gravity: 2.7

Transparency: Transparent to translucent

R.I: 1.56-1.57

Colour: Blue, Grey, White, Yellow, Orange, Violet

Birefringence: 0.007-0.011

Pleochroism: From the Congo, red stones show weak pleochroism whilst greenstones have distinct greenish yellow to bluish green pleochroism

Fluorescense: Weak chalky pink orange

Causes of Colour: Multicolours, diffraction of light by the internal lamellar structure. Red (in the material from Oregon), submicroscopic metallic copper particles. Green and orange could be Cu+