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Let Labradorite inspire you to reach for the stars!
Mineralogy of Labradorite
Mineral Family: Feldspar
Chemical Composition: NaAISI3 O8] to CaAl2 Si2 O8
Color: Dark gray to grey-black with colorful iridescence
Crystal System: Triclinic
Fracture: Uneven, splintery, brittle
Luminescence: Violet (long wave) / Red (short wave)
Transparency: Translucent, opaque
Location: Labradorite deposits are found in Brazil, Canada, Finland, India, Madagascar, Mexico, Norway, Russia, Sri Lanka, and the United States.
Mineral Family: Labradorite is a Feldspar, which is in turn a Silicate mineral. Silicate minerals are the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. Silicates are minerals which 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. Feldspar is a large mineral family in its own right and is subdivided into Alkali Feldspars (rich in Potassium – for example, Amazonite) and Plagioclase Feldspars (rich in Calcium – for example, Sunstone). Labradorite is a Plagioclase Feldspar.
Formation: Labradorite is formed in mafic igneous rocks such as Basalt and Gabbo. It grows in crystalline masses that can range in size from microscopic to over a yard or more in length. On rare occasions, it grows tabular crystals. Labradorite is characterized by multiple layers of Feldpsar that grow on top of one another. When light shins through these thin layers it results in a brilliant play of iridescence color, known as the “Schiller effect”. The most common colors are blue, green and gold. But depending on the local, the pink, purple and a rainbow of colors may also be seen.
Mining: Typically mined from the primary deposits still having their original relationship with the host rock.
Enhancements: All Labradorites on the market are natural enhanced only by tumbling, cutting and polishing. Their iridescent colors are fully natural.
History of 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.
Labradorite was first documented in 1770 on Paul’s Island in Labrador, Canada. Labrador is located in north-eastern Canada, and is still mostly populated by First Nation peoples. According to one Eskimo legend, long ago in the ancient days the flashing Northern Lights were all trapped in rocks along the Labrador coast. One day a mighty warrior came to the area and freed the lights by hitting the rocks with his spear. Most of the Northern Lights were freed and today flash across the wintry sky. But in a few places, the Lights remained trapped and can be seen today in Labradorite’s shimmering colors.
A closely related stone, Spectrolite, looks very similar to Labradorite but exhibits a fuller play of colors and an astonishingly high degree of labradorescence. In addition to Labrodorites’s flashing blue, green and gold colors, Spectrolite may also shine pink, and purple. Spectrolite was initially found in Finland during the twentieth century, and then later in Madagascar and other locals. The Madagascar Spectrolite is widely sold as Labradorite, and today few collectors are even aware of the difference between the two stones. Generally speaking, the name Spectrolite is used today primarily as a branding name for the minerals coming from the Finnish quarries.
Healing Properties of Labradorite
Spiritual: Labradorite evokes the energy of the stars and the awe-inspiring Aurora Borialis and Aurora Australis. It is a stone of Great Magic, awakening our natural gifts and connecting us to a mysterious world in which all things are possible. Labradorite is a stone for mystics, shamans, druids, and anyone whose spiritual life follows the “Old Path.” It cuts through illusions to reveal the heart of truth. Labradorite amplifies psychic gifts of all sorts, increases intuition and awareness, and connects us to Universal Energies. It offers protection during ritual work and can help us to smoothly move between realms. Labradorite is attuned to ALL the Chakras and linked to the astrological signs of Leo, Scorpio, and Sagittarius It is connected to the element of Wind and vibrates to the numbers 6 and 7.
Emotional: Labradorite has a sweet calming effect on the heart, helping us to be more contemplative and less given to irrational emotions. It reveals forgotten memories and can help us to calmly process through uncomfortably aspects of our past and present. Labradorite helps us to understand the beliefs that control our emotional state, allowing us to choose new beliefs that better serve our Highest Good and will lead to peace and happiness in our daily life. It is a particularly good stone to work with while undergoing therapy, as it can help us to shed negative energy, particularly fear, and increase our confidence and trust levels.
Mental: Labradorite stimulates 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. Labradorite deepens self-reflection and contemplation, linking intellectual thought processes with intuitive wisdom. It is a valuable tool during times of transition and transformation, helping our mind to calming shift into new modes so that we can best take care of our physical and emotional bodies.
Physical: Labradorite is said to alleviate colds and other winter illnesses such as rheumatism and gout. It is most often used by metaphysical healers when the cause of an illness or a physical complaint is unknown or not following the usual medical progression. Labradorite can be used to find the hidden patterns and reveal the appropriate treatment. It is also believed to lower blood pressure and help the body stay healthy during times of high stress and transition.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Labradorite
The Miners sell directly to the Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is short and clean.
The Mine and Lapidary are located in the same country.
This Labradorite was artisanally mined in Madagascar.
The exact deposit is unknown, but most likely caused only minor environmental damage,
and would have been relatively low risk for miners.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Labradorite was polished in Antananarivo, Madagascar.
The Lapidary is owned by a woman and is a family business.
Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells exclusively at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I first met the owner of the lapidary at the 2006 Gem and Mineral show in Tucson, Arizona. At that time I was working for a crystal shop in Utah and was at Tucson primarily as a “pack mule” to help carry all the stones. It was generally agreed by our crew that the “Madagascar” tent contained the most beautiful stones in the entire show.
In 2014, I embarked on my first buying trip for Moonrise Crystals. The company I knew of only as “Madagascar” was the one company I was most determined to find and buy from. This lapidary company only sells at a handful of major gem shows. The only time they are in the USA is for the Tucson Gem Show. During the rest of the year, the lapidary hand polishes their stock and also does charity work in their local community. They continue to offer some of the most beautiful tumbled stones in the industry and are among my favorite suppliers.
In 2019, Moonrise Crystals and the Madagascar lapidary company joined together to financially support a rural school in Madagascar.
Labradorite Tumbled Stone
Color: Greenish-gray with rainbow irredescent. This is a 100 % natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: 1 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days, while International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
Safe Handling of Labradorite
Cleaning Healing Crystals
There are many ways to cleanse, charge, and set intentions with crystals.
Before cleaning your healing crystals, always consider the geology of each stone. Some stones are sensitive to water and/or sunlight. Best Practice is to keep your stones out of direct sunlight when you’re not working with them, simply because the sunlight will fade the crystal’s color over time. This is especially true for transparent and translucent gems. Remember crystals grow underground where it’s nice and dark! Stones that are formed in dry desert conditions may be harmed by immersion in water. This is especially true for fragile and porous stones.
One of the easiest and most effective way to energetically clean crystals is to smudge them with smoke from plants like sage, juniper, cedar, lavender, tobacco, etc. Each plant has its own unique smell and spiritual property. Moonrise Crystals smudges with white mountain sage (for cleansing) and sweet grass (for kindness) before the crystals are sent to their forever home with you.
Other common ways to energetically clean healing crystals are to set stones near a piece of Carnelian, Citrine, Kyanite, Selenite or other stones that are energy purifiers. Be sure to pamper the purifying stones regularly so that they can continue to do their job properly. Citrine and Kyanite are self-cleansers that don’t “need” extra care. But they will love getting extra attention from you!
If a stone is doing a lot of heavy energetic work, one of the best ways to restore its energy reserves is to allow it to rest on the earth, next to a plant. A potted plant inside the house works just fine. Let the crystal rest overnight or longer, until its energy feels bright and sparkly again.
Charging and Setting Intentions with Healing Crystals
There is no right/wrong way to charge and set intentions. But here’s a few ways that it’s done at Moonrise Crystals.
Cleanse the crystals and yourself. It is good to take the time to physically clean stones before doing spiritual work. It sets a tone of purity, respect, and reverence. Hold the crystals or be near them. Sing or talk to the stones. Tell them about yourself and what you are working on. Ask them for their help. You don’t need to use any special words, simply speak from the heart. Treat the crystals like your best friends and closest allies. They want to help you.
If you feel shy or awkward, you can also write your message on a piece of paper and set the stones on top of it. Music, including singing bowls, can also be used. The most important thing is simply to be present with the stones and focused on setting the intention.
This can be done at any time, day or night. However, nighttime is often a particularly good time for setting intentions. Take the crystals outside, if possible. You can talk to your crystals outside, or you may just want to sit near them and meditate or pray.
- During the Full Moon, energy is amplified. It is also a wonderful time to celebrate in the bright light when your intentions are already going well and you want to keep the trend going.
- The New Moon is a time for new beginnings. The darkness is like planting a seed underground. It will grow up into the Light.
- Eclipses, meteorite showers, and other astronomical events will add their own unique energy.
- Knowing where the moon is astrologically, can also add a fun element to intention setting. The moon changes signs every 2-3 days.
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