Labradorite

Crystal of magic, intuition and dreams


Labradorite is definitely among peoples favorite stones, and can capture the imagination! There’s a good reason. When you come across a piece for the first time, with a finely polished face, it commands your attention. Labradorite has its own language of color and light, and With its action and animation, it’s a highly interactive stone. It has the ability to connect and communicate with you. The stone is associated with protection, strength and intuition.

Labradorite
Labradorite


Like most crystals, they’ve been slumbering underneath the Earth’s surface for some time. And in this case, when it is finally dug up, it usually doesn’t look like much. It takes a little human intervention. And polishing. Some rocks and crystals come out of the earth amazingly in a perfect state. But, Labradorite is often gray and rough, and looks like it could be a piece of granite or some other unassuming rock. This rock really shines when it’s finished it’s journey and meets the light.


A good piece of Labradorite jewelry can often lead you to meet new people, since it’s a noticeable conversation starter. Many times I have heard a story about Labradorite catching someone’s eye from across a room.

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Labradorite pendant by stelae jewelry


Most of the agreed upon and observed effects of labradorite include increasing clairvoyance and the powers of perception. Assistance in dreams. Enhancing creativity and transformation. And also manifesting intentions. These attributes make it an excellent stone for meditation.

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Intuition


Labradorite stands as one of the most intuition enhancing and magical of stones. Intuition is a form of knowledge that appears in consciousness without obvious deliberation. Labradorite is noted for its ability to strengthen intuition. Often referred to as “gut feelings,” intuition tends to arise holistically and quickly. It brings awareness of that which is hidden, allowing the user to tap into various realms of consciousness and to see truths that are usually concealed by illusion.
Magic
Labradorite is called a stone of magic, for it can be a stone that helps one activate their inner magical power. It can help one find the inner-self, allowing them to increase their awareness regarding their spirit and intuition. Some claim it is good for honing magical abilities like telepathy and clairvoyance. Combined with its intuition enhancing abilities, it can lead you to good people and opportunities to have in your life.


Dreams


Labradorite is a great stone to keep in the bedroom. Many people experience gaining greater insight while in a dream state. This stone can enhance dream recall and help with spiritual work that you’re trying to achieve while dreaming. An easy way to use Labradorite in connection with dreaming is to keep it by your bed, especially near your head or under your pillow. Focus on your stone or jewelry piece before bedtime and think about what you’d like to achieve in your dreams.


Creativity


Expect subtle encouraging changes when you bring Labradorite into your environment. It is an impactful stone for anyone who designs, writes and creates artwork of any type. Labradorite dispels negative energy, insecurity and fear, and enhances self-confidence. In the workplace, its presence can help foster some appreciated creativity. It is one of the most effective stones in treating anxiety, and amplifies a sense of calmness in the user or wearer. As an artist, you will probably be drawn to Labradorite.


Meditation


Labradorite deepens your meditation and stimulates your inner awareness, bringing you closer to discovering your true self. Crystals love your attention as they take any energy you give to them and reflect it back to you tenfold. It can add a little extra juice to your creative reservoir. Meditating is always a great way to interact with crystals, but this is especially true with Labradorite. This stone can assist in calming your mind to guide you to a meditative state and allow you to go deeper.

labradorite coffin
Labradorite cofffins by Earth and bone


What makes Labradorite so special?


This stone has a lot of different appearances, and can conjure up a lot of wild imagery. Depending on the individual piece, it can remind you of the iridescent colors of a peacock’s fantail. images from outer space like colorful nebulas and space gas clouds or wild graffiti. When not catching the light, it can often appear a dull gray to near black. that all changes When it reveals its iridescent effect. The color range can go from deep peacock blues, blue-green, silvery-blue to orange-gold and yellows. Some of the rarest pieces can feature silvery blues, intense violet purples or even red. Basically, it’s a rainbow in a stone.


Its close relative is the moonstone. Both of which are feldspars known for brilliant and colorful flashy displays. These flashes of captured, redirected and transformed light are known as “labradorescence”.


Labradorescence


Since no other material behaves quite like Labradorite, the colorful lightplay inspired its own name. The simplest explanation is that the brilliant play is a result of light refractions. Due to its unique internal structuring, it reflects only from a palette of certain colors. These internal structures are unidirectional, and cause the labradorescence phenomenon. It is what causes its luminous glow when light hits at the perfect angle.

Labradorite ring by Stelae jewelry
Labradorite ring by Stelae jewelry


With the exception of the ancient Innu of Labrador, Canada, this rock has remained relatively unnoticed until rather recently. The Innu, who have known about Labradorite for ages, have legends about it. One story is often told like this: One day, the aurora borealis fell from the sky, crashed into the earth, and became trapped in the rocks below. Until one day, when a strong Innu warrior on a hunt, missed a strike with his spear. The spear cleaved a rock open and released the aurora back into the sky. Some of that light remained in the rocks, and still does to this day.


Labradorite’s primary deposits are in Labrador, Canada, where it takes its current name. At time of writing, the Canadian mines are not operating, and any Canadian Labradorite has probably been around for a while. Labradorite as we know it, was officially named in the 1770’s, although Known by the Innu long before ‘discovery’, and used for over a thousand years. Most of what you see today is likely from Madagascar, which also has sizable deposits. In Finland deposits were found in the 1940’s. The Finnish variety is named spectralite, contains all the colors of the visible spectrum. Once thought to be unique, it is an exceptionally brilliant type of Labradorite. The Finnish variety has the highest degree of Labradorescence.

Labradorite cabachons
Labradorite cabachons from the Tucson gem show


Working with Labradorite to find its unique face


Unlike other crystals that have grown in place steadily over time, Labradorite is sort of chaotic with its unidirectional planes found in different locations throughout the same rock. It has a hardness scale rating of 6-6.5, making it somewhere in between quartz and opal. with its many seam lines running about. you may pick a place to cut, but the rock often decides to do its own thing and fracture. The smaller you cut a piece, the more you risk losing it to a fracture. That is why you often see large polished specimens. larger pieces have more structural integrity, and small jewelry size pieces are more difficult.