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Labradorite Gemstones Information

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History and general information of Natural Labradorite Gemstone

†††††††††† The name Labradorite comes from the province of Labrador in Canada, which is a famous locality for Labradorite. Iridescent Labradorite is sometimes referred to as spectrolite. which displays strong iridescence when viewed from different angles, Finnish spectrolite exhibits vivid colors of bright aqua, golden yellow, peacock blue, reddish orange, greens and red. It is often cut as a lapidary cabochon, as for plain Labradorite, to enhance the effect and is used as a gemstone. It is also found in Finland, USA, Madagascar, Australia, Mexico and former Soviet Union. In addition it is believed to protect and cushion the aura by helping to deflect unwanted energies.In healing Labradorite is believed to relieve stress and menstrual tension, fend off colds, lower blood pressure and regulate metabolism.

Power of Gemstones Information

Zodiac

††††† Planets : Moon, Uranus
††††† Birthstone : Not Noted
††††† The zodiac sign : Sagittarius, Scorpio, and Leo

Chakra

  • Labradorite radiates a predominant blue crystal energy that stimulates the Throat Chakra, the voice of the body. It is, in essence, a pressure valve that allows the energy from the other chakras to be expressed.
  • Labradorite works well on the 2nd, or Sacral/Navel Chakra and secondary to the hands and the chakras related to them. It is also said to have a particularly strong effect on the5th, or Throat Chakra, 6th, or Third Eye/Brow Chakra and 7th, or Crown Chakra. A stone it is told that subtly affects the way you respond to situations, emotionally and physically, this stone can be worn without tiring results.
  • Healing properties of Labradorite

  • Labradorite is told to be helpful in treating eye and brain disorders, and to help regulate metabolism and the digestive process.
  • Labradorite is particularly effective in alleviating bone issues, disorders of the spinal column and the wear and tear of the joints. Rheumatism and arthritis may also benefit from this stone's healing powers.
  • In its elixir form, Labradorite purges negativity, bringing well-being to you, it also has pain killing properties.
  • Labradorite helps develop the hands' sensitivity, making it useful for physiotherapists and all who use the power of touch to heal.
  • Labradorite is beneficial to the lungs, and may assist with respiratory problems, bronchitis and colds. It assists in digestion, regulation, and metabolism.
  • It has been used in treatment for the eyes and brain disorders, to stimulate mental acuity, and to reduce stress and anxiety. It may also be soothing during menstruation, for PMS symptoms, and for pain relief.
  • Labradorite lowers blood pressure, reduces sensitivity to cold, and alleviates rheumatism and gout.
  • Magical Properties of Labradorite

    ††††† Energy : Receptive
    ††††† Elemental : Earth
    ††††† Deity : Arianrhod and Cerridwen of Welsh
    ††††† Powers : Not Noted

  • Labradorite is said to provide quick relief from anxiety, hopelessness and depression, replacing them with enthusiasm, self-confidence and inspiration.
  • It is said to dispel negativity and to bring clear understanding by enhancing clarity of thought and improving one's ability to cooperate with others in harmony.
  • It protects against the negativity and misfortunes of this world, and provides safe exploration into alternate levels of consciousness and in facilitating visionary experiences from the past or the future.
  • It enhances intuition and psychic perception; just like the cord-cutting Crone, it helps the bearer to release judgment, and understand their destiny.
  • Psychologically, Labradorite has a calming and harmonizing effect, so it is a wonderful stone for irascible people.
  • It is quite a balancing harmonious energy, it helps ones intuition, especially the timing of things.
  • Spectrolite however is told to have a completely different vibration. Simply wearing spectrolite in jewelry can become an intense experience, as it forces open the subconscious mind and allows ideas to bubble up. It may bring in unexpected and unlikely solutions that may take you by surprise.
  • Golden Labradorite assists in opening the lower chakras during ritual or magical practices, while Spectrolite works with one's "Rainbow Body" to enhance awareness of the higher realms.
  • It encourages contemplation and introspection, bringing the clarity of intellectual thought and intuitive wisdom to help dispel illusion, determine the root cause of an issue, and bring one to peace.
  • Mythical Properties of Labradorite

  • Lore of the Inuit peoples claim Labradorite fell from the frozen fire of the Aurora Borealis, an ordinary stone that transforms to the extraordinary, shimmering in a mystical light that separates the waking world from unseen realms.
  • It is in every sense, a Stone of Magic, a crystal of shamans, diviners, healers, and all who travel and embrace the universe seeking knowledge and guidance. For self-discovery, it is excellent for awakening one's own awareness of inner spirit, intuition and psychic abilities.
  • It was first discovered in Labrador, Canada, by Moravian missionaries in 1770 who named it for the area. It is, however, referenced in legends by older Inuit tribes, and was known to be in use by the Red Paint people of Maine for over a thousand years. It became a popular gem in Europe in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
  • Native Inuit tribes of North America claim the first Labradorite fell from the Aurora Borealis from the fire of their ancestors. Another legend describes a brave Inuit warrior who struck Labradorite with his spear and created the Northern Lights.
  • Science Information

    Physical Properties

    ††††† Color : Pale green, blue, colorless, grey-white: with iridescent blue or gold flashes
    ††††† Luster : Vitreous to pearly
    ††††† Transparency : Transparent to opaque
    ††††† Phenomena : Labradorescence
    ††††† Crystal System : Triclinic
    ††††† Crystal Habits : Usually as cleavable masses, also as irregular to euhedral grains, more rarely as tabular to prismatic crystals
    ††††† Cleavage : It is perfect in one and good in another direction forming nearly right angled prisms.
    ††††† Fracture : Uneven
    ††††† Hardness : 6 - 6.5
    ††††† Specific Gravity : 2.5-2.9
    ††††† Refractive index : 1.560-1.572
    ††††† Streak : White

    Chemical Properties

    †††††††††† Labradorescence is the color display resulting from lamellar intergrowths inside the crystal. These intergrowths result from compatible chemistries at high temperatures becoming incompatible at lower temperatures and thus a separating and layering of these two phases. The resulting color effect happens because a ray of light enters a layer and is refracted back and forth by deeper layers. This refracted ray is slowed by the extra travel through the layers and mixes with other rays to produce a light ray coming out that has a different wavelength than when it went in. The wavelength could correspond to the wavelength of a particular color, such as blue. The effect depends on the thickness and orientation of the layers.

    Occurrence

    †††††††††† Labradorite is widely distributed throughout Wales in basic igneous rocks. As with other calcic plagioclase, primary igneous feldspar may be altered by low-grade alteration or metamorphism to feldspar of a lower calcium and higher sodium content.

    Producer

    †††††††††† Besides Canada, the Labradorite is also found in India, Russia, Africa, USA and Finland. Spectrolite is mainly found in India and Finland, while the rainbow moonstone is only found in Madagascar.

    Buying guide Information

    Variety/Trade Name

    †††††††††† A sub-species of Plagioclase Feldspars
    Trade Name

  • Spectrolite - is a less common variety of Labradorite feldspar which exhibits a strong labradoresence.
  • gemmy Labradorite - is a dark gray to black background mined in Finland and Russia.
  • Rainbow Moonstone - is multicolored schiller resembling moonstone.
  • Buying 4 C's for Labradorite Gemstones

    †††††††††† Color : Rarer varieties of Labradorite include Golden Labradorite, a transparent gold or champagne-color, and Spectrolite, an intense variety displaying the entire color spectrum, discovered in Finland in the 1940s.
    †††††††††† Cut : This gem is mostly cut as a cabochon cut (dome shape). Many a times the gem is custom cut as per the need of the jewelry manufacturer. These are used to make a necklace, earrings, Labradorite rings, bracelets and other Labradorite jewelry. Rainbow moonstone, known to have good transparency, is cut in the form of a fancy faceted gem. Labradorite beads are used to make Labradorite bead necklaces.
    †††††††††† Carat : As in most cases, the availability of natural Labradorite in the market is proportional to its demand. The standard prices for the semi-precious varieties run in the low price per weight range, but exceptional quality stones can demand a higher market price.
    †††††††††† Clarity : The natural Labradorite gem can be found in the range of transparent to opaque. A transparent gemstone is very rare though. Some gems may have black needle like inclusions, metal-like platelets of iron oxide and magnetite.

    Caring and Cleaning

    †††††††††† Labradorite is a moderately hard mineral, but care should still be taken to avoid scratching. Clean your Labradorite jewelry often with a soft cloth and warm water so that itís luminous Labradorescence is allowed to shine through.
    †††††††††† Avoid rough handling, steam and ultrasonic cleaning .

    Treatment in Labradorite Gemstones

    †††††††††† Generally, there are no treatments.

     
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