Larvikite

POWERFUL TRUTH 

Be protected from harm and release the past.

Know what is real and what is imagination.

Reconnect with nature and act with wisdom.

Stimulate your intellectual and creativity gifts.

Let Larvikite inspire true well-being!

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Healing Properties of Larvikite

Spiritual: Larvikite is a wise and protective stone.  It cancels out dark magic and hexes, and repels all forms of negative energy.  It cleanses our spiritual bodies of old energy that no longer serves us, including painful karma from past lives.  Larvikite helps us to swiftly learn whatever lessons needed to be learned, and then to move forward peacefully.  Larvikite teaches us how to see ourselves with the kind and sage eyes of our Highest Self.  It inspires patience, compassion and a remarkably grounded common-sense.  Larvikite reveals reality very clearly.  It councils us to be careful not to believe everything we think and feel, without first testing it against Truth.  It is a wonderful meditation tool, sharpening our mind’s focus and dismissing extraneous thoughts.  It is also a powerful shaman stone, sharpening our inner visions, strengthening our psychic powers and protecting us during astral travels.  Larvikite helps us to sense the presence of nature spirits and to reconnect to nature if we have gotten lost in the trappings of civilization.  Larvikite is attuned to the Root and Third Eye Chakras and linked to the astrological signs of Aquarius. It is connected to the elements of Earth and Wind and vibrates to the number 2.

Emotional:  Larvikite helps us process the past and release trauma and pain.  It supports us when we desperately want closure.  When closure is possible, it shows us the quickest way forward.  When it isn’t possible, Larvikite holds us steady so that we can accept reality for what it is.  Larvikite encourages us to be more emotionally-aware and in-control.  It increases our aware of our beliefs, conscious and unconscious, as well as our thoughts and emotions.  Rather than trusting them implicitly, Larvikite helps us to test these mental musings against reality.  If reality offers a different perspective, Larvikite helps us to shift into alignment with the truth.  This re-alignment, may not always bring pleasure, but it will always bring clarity and from there, the surest path to long-term peace.  Larvikite gives us gifts of self-confidence, self-reliance and resiliency.  It reminds us that we are strong enough and capable enough to handle life’s challenges.  Larvikite also helps us to better understand other people, including where they are coming from emotionally and what beliefs are motivating their actions.  Larkivite reminds us to be patient and to focus on what is in our control.

Mental: Larvikite is a phenomenal healing crystal for the mind.  It helps our brains to process complex or new information quickly and easily.  It strengthens our natural intellectual abilities, making it an excellent stone for students and lifelong learners.  Larvikite stimulates our creativity, particularly when we are seeking realism in our creative work rather than abstraction.  Larvikite focuses our mind and gives us mental strength when we need to intellectually perform.  It aids in memory recall and helps us separate truth from fiction.  Larvikite encourages us to make sane and sober decisions, rather than reacting rashly.  It helps us to logically work our way out of tricky situations and to value truth more than comfort.

Physical:  Larvikite is primarily used by metaphysical healers to heal the physical brain.  It is said to help break through learning disabilities and to support recovery following a stroke or other brain injury.  Larvikite is also believed to bring youthfulness to the skin and vitality to the physical body.   It is said to reduce blood pressure, encourage a healthy metabolism and promote muscle growth.  It is particularly useful for anyone embarking on a weight-loss and/or fitness journey.

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.

Larvikite, Larvik, Norway

Mineralogy of Larvikite

Rock Type: Igneous rock (Monzonite)
Major Minerals: Feldspar
Minor Minerals: Apatite, Biotite, Clear Quartz, Hornblend, Olivine, Titanium

Color: Gray and blue
Gravity: 2.59
Hardness: 6-6.5
Luminescence: Possible if it contains Apatite
Luster: Pearly
Texture: Course-grained
Transparency: Opaque

Location:  Larvikite is found in Canada and Norway.

Mineral Family:  Larvikite is technically a rock, rather than a mineral. As an easy way to understand the difference, think of rocks as being like cookies and minerals as being the ingredients which make up those cookies. Many different minerals are used to create a rock! Larvikite is a type of Monsonite, an igneous rock closely related to Granite.  It is composed of several closely-related Feldspar minerals.  Larvikite is notable for its large iridescent crystals.

Formation: Larvikite, like all igneous rocks, is formed from molten magma solidifies.  In this case, it happens underground, creating an intrusive rock.

Mining:  Larvikite is industrially-mined for decorative blocks for corporate buildings and “granite” kitchen and bathroom counter tops.  The flashy iridescence also makes it popular with carvers and collectors.

Larvikite Quarry, Larvik, Norway

Enhancements:  All Larvikite is completely natural, enhanced only by polishing.

Synonyms:  Blue Pearl, Blue Pearl Granite, Silver Pearl, Emerald Pearl, Black Labradorite, Black Moonstone, Pearlspar

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: Larvikite, Larvikite Quarry

History of Larvikite

Larvikite is a relatively new crystal that has only come to the attention of the metaphysical community in the 21st century.  As such, it is not included in any of the older lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers.  It is sometimes confused with Labradorite, Moonstone and Sunstone.  In fact, they are all closely related rocks composed primarily of Feldspar and notable for their flashy iridescence.

Larvikite is a rare form of Monzonite which was first discovered in Larvik, Norway.  The original deposit is part of the Larvik Plutonic Complex, a region of igneous rocks which are 292-298 million years old.  A second deposit of Larvikite is found in the Killala Lake Alkalic Rock Complex, near Thunder Bay Ontario, Canada.  The Canadian Larvikite is likely much older, perhaps as old as 2.7 billion years.

Larvikite has been mined continually in Norway since 1884.  The Norwegian deposit is very large and will most likely be mined for centuries to come.  Historically, Larvikite was mined for decorative construction purposes, both commercial and home use.  It is often marketed as rare “Blue Pearl Granite”, rather than by its proper geological name of Monzonite.  During the 21st century, as sustainability has become a topic of interest, industrial mines have looked for ways to use excess material, including selling small pieces to rock collectors.

Norvweign Larvikite is considered a “Global Heritage Stone” by the International Union of Geological Sciences.  As of 2020, only 22 rocks have been included on this list, including Welsh Slate and Tennessee Marble.  Larvikite was one of the first included, probably because the original meeting was held in Oslo, Norway.

Photos: Larvikite Quarry

Ethically Sourced Larvikite

The Miners sell directly to a Gem Exporter.

The Exporter sells 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.

The Mine and Lapidary are located in the same country.

The Mine

This Larvikite was industrially mined in Larvik, Norway.  

The mine is open pit, but does not require harsh chemicals or cause other forms of environmental damage. 

Norway has safe mining practices. 

Learn More: Ethical Mining

The Lapidary

This Larvikite was polished in Mumbai, India.    

The Lapidary is owned by a woman and is a family business. 

The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells exclusively at large gem shows.

Learn More: Ethical Lapidary

 

Sourcing Relationship

I first met the owner of the lapidary in 2014 at the Gem and Mineral show in Tucson, Arizona.  It was my first buying trip for my own store and I was nervous.  Most lapidary owners were brisk and impatient with my questions, especially when I asked about the mines and the supply chains.   But one man stood out to me as particularly patient and kind.  He had been a whole-seller for over twenty years, yet he was happy to meet someone brand-new to the industry.

He took time to talk to me about the stones.  They came from his home country of India and he was able to tell me exactly which state or territory each one came from and some of the conditions at the individual mines.  When I told him that I wanted to source ethically, he said that it would be difficult, but that it was worthwhile challenge.  He made me feel like I could succeed, both at ethical sourcing and at being a business woman.

I looked forward to a long business relationship with him.  He died, unexpectedly, in 2016.

I stayed in touch with his family and in 2017 met his wife, teenage daughter, and his father.  This three-generation family has picked up the pieces and learned how to run the business.  The wife had never worked before, but she has gracefully stepped into her new role as a business owner.  Her father-in-law offers practical and moral support, but makes sure that everyone knows that SHE is the boss and that checks should be written directly to her.  The family continues to be supportive of my efforts to ethically source.  More than any other lapidary, they are willing to speak openly with me about the difficult parts of the industry. They have invited me to visit them in India, to visit the mines and their lapidary.  The daughter is now a GIA (Gemological Institute of America) Graduate and is interested in reiki and other healing modalities.  As she has grown up, she has become increasingly concerned about ethical issues.  The wife, the daughter and I are in active conversation about how we can support each other so that their supply chain becomes more ethical.

Safe Handling of Larvikite

Larvikite

What You’ll Receive: A 100% natural Larvikite

Selection Process: The stone I select for you will be carefully chosen for its beauty and appeal.  If combined with other stones, I always take time to choose stones that look and feel good together.

Origin: Norway

Polishing Method: Individually hand-polished. Each stone is unique and minor variations are what makes them beautiful.

Details:

  • Color: Gray and black with a blue iridescent flash
  • Polish: Shiny and smooth
  • Quality: AA
  • Shape: Cubes and rectangles
  • Size: Average size is .75 in / 19 mm
  • Transparency: Opaque
  • Weight: Average size is .6 oz / 17 g / 85 carats

Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days.  International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.

Reviews

  1. Beth S. (Kentucky)

    The Larvikite is a fascinating stone, substantial and no-nonsense, yet glittery and shimmery with exuberant blue flashes from every angle. I think it doesn’t want much daydreaming, but with all this flash reality is anything but grim. It’ll be interesting to see what this stone has to say as Saturn retrogrades back to Capricorn but then goes for real into Aquarius.

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