Published September 2016  •  Updated March 2024  •  Read Time: 6 minutes
Golden Labradorite is a marketing name that is often used for the mineral Bytownite.  Labradorite and Bytownite are closely related feldspar minerals, but Labradorite is far famous in the healing crystal community.  Just like Prasiolite is sometimes called “Green Amethyst,” Bytownite is called “Golden Labradorite” to encourage people to give it a closer look.  Bytownite has a happy and successful energy, reminiscent of Sunstone and Citrine, but encourages deeper self-reflection.  It invites us to be pro-active, rather than reactive in response to life’s challenges and to always believe that good things are coming our way.

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Golden Labradorite Healing Energy

Spiritual Healing Properties

Golden Labradorite evokes the energy of the sun and the vibration of the Sacred Masculine. It inspires confidence and trust, encouraging us to come into the Light and be the remarkable person we were always meant to become. Golden Labradorite is a stone of Great Magic, awakening our natural gifts and connecting us to a mysterious world in which all things are possible. It amplifies psychic gifts of all sorts, increases intuition and connects us to Universal Energies. It offers protection during ritual work and can help us to smoothly move between realms. Golden Labradorite is a particularly powerful crystal when used in ritual work for manifesting success or transformation.

Metaphysical Properties Golden Labradorite
Chakra Solar Plexus
Element Wind
Numerology 6 and 7
Zodiac Leo, Scorpio, and Sagittarius

Emotional Healing Properties

Golden Labradorite encourages us to trust our intuition and our heart, and to have faith in our own ability to succeed in any endeavor we dedicate ourselves to. It inspires self-confidence, courage and being pro-active rather then re-active. During times of stress and turmoil, it helps us to stay calm and to focus on solving any problem as quickly and compassionately as possible. Golden Labadorite reminds us to take other people’s needs into account, rather than simply doing whatever we want. It helps us to reach our own full potential, but also to help other people reach theirs. Golden Labadorite inspires us to lead by example, and to have our actions, words, and beliefs all be in alignment. It is a particularly good stone to work with while undergoing therapy, as it can help us to shed negative energy, particularly fear or shame, and increase our confidence and trust levels.

Mental Healing Properties

Golden Labradorite stimulates the imagination and creativity, while also encouraging analysis and logic. It invites us to see the world with a child-like wonder and to be more curious about the natural and spiritual worlds. It encourages us to ask more questions and to be open to unusual answers as long as they have a rational basis. Golden Labradorite also deepens self-reflection and contemplation, linking intellectual thought processes with intuitive wisdom. It is a valuable tool during times of transition and transformation, helping us to calming shift into new modes of thinking and behaving.

Physical Healing Properties

Golden Labradorite is a fantastic stones to work with when we are praying for someone’s health after an injury or during an illness. It magnifies the strength of our prayer and sends the loving vibrations to the person we are praying for so that they feel loved and seen. If someone is suffering from a mystery illness, Golden Labradorite helps that person and their healthcare team find the answers they need. Golden Labradorite also makes a beautiful talisman when dealing with problems associated with the stomach, spleen, and gallbladder, as well as other parts of the digestive and elimination systems.

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Geology of Golden Labradorite

Where does Golden Labradorite come from?

Golden Labradorite is found in scattered deposits across North America.  Gemmy crystals are most often found in Mexico and along the Mexican-US border.  Small deposits have also been found in Australia, Great Britain, Norway and South Africa.

Mining and Treatments

Typically mined from the primary deposits still having their original relationship with the host rock.  It is fully natural, enhanced only by cutting and polishing.

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Mineral Family

Golden Labradorite is a marketing name that is used in the metaphysical industry for the mineral Bytownite.  Bytownite and Labradorite are closely related and part of the plagioclase series.  A series is a scientific term for a mineral gradually transforming into a different mineral.  This process happens on an atomic level.  For example, in the plagioclase series sodium and calcium atoms take each other’s place.  The mineral Albite is mostly rich in sodium, while at the other end of the plagioclase series the mineral Anorthite is mostly rich in calcium.  In the middle of the series are minerals like Labradorite (50-70% on the way to Anorthite) and Bytownite (70-90% of the way to Anorthite).  Sunstone, known scientifically as Oligoclase, is also part of this series (10-30% of the way to Anorthite).  All of these minerals are Feldspars, which are Silicate minerals.  Silicates contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Feldspar.

Golden Labradorite’s energy works well with its family – other Feldspar minerals.  Try it in combination with Amazonite, Labradorite, Moonstone, and Sunstone

Golden Labradorite Formation and Crystal Associates

It is formed in mafic igneous rocks such as Basalt and Gabbo.  It typically grows in small crystalline masses, but can also form small tabular crystals.

Golden Labradorite’s energy works well with its “friends” – crystal associates formed in the same geological environment.  Try it in combination with Quartz and Peridot

Mineralogy Golden Labradorite
Chemical Formula NaAISIO8] to CaAl2 Si2  O8
Cleavage Perfect
Color Gold
Crystal System Triclinic
Form/Habit Massive
Fracture Uneven, splintery, brittle
Hardness – Mohs Scale 6-6.5
Luminescence Violet (long wave) / Red (short wave)
Luster Pearly
Mineral Family Feldspar
Specific Gravity 2.65-2.75
Streak White
Transparency Translucent, opaque

History of Golden Labradorite

Labradorite is a relatively new stone for the metaphysical community and was not included in any of the ancient lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers. True Labradorite was first documented in the late eighteenth century in Labrador, Canada, from which it gets its name.  Labradorite displays brilliant flashes of iridescent blue, green and gold, a play of colors known as “labradorescence” or “Schller Effect.”  This effect is caused by the scattering of light on thin layers of a secondary Feldspar that has grown on top of an initial Feldspar.  Labradorite is typically a greyish-green or blue stone, but can also be white or even colorless.

Golden Labradorite isn’t actually Labradorite, it’s a closely related mineral whose scientific name is Bytownite.  It was named in 1836 after the town of Bytown, Canada.  Bytown was founded by John By (1779-1835).  He was a member of the British Royal Engineers and in charge of constructing the Rideau Canal that links the Ottawa River with Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence River.  By’s first task was to build a small settlement for canal workers in the wild Ottawa River Valley.  This settlement had no name originally, but later came to be known as Bytown.  It took only six year to complete the canal and it was heralded as an engineering triumph.  The Ottawa River Valley, which was home to Bytown, was soon flooded with settlers.  By 1855 the town had become a city and was renamed Ottawa after the river.

Today, Ottawa is the capital city of Canada.  The Rideau Canal is still in use, during the summer pleasure crafts sail along it.  During the winter it operates as one of the world’s largest skateways, the skateable section is comparable to 90 Olympic size hockey rings. The Rideau Canal is the oldest continuously operated canal in North America.  In 2007, it was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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