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Labradorite

Labradorite is such a mystical stone. It can seem like an ordinary rock, but with just a slight tilt, the most brilliant flashes of colorful rainbow light appear.  So it is no wonder that this mystical crystal has inspired many legends throughout the centuries.  

Labradorite Metaphysical Properties

Labradorite is one of the most powerful protector stones/crystals of the mineral kingdom.  It is believed to create a shielding force throughout the aura that strengthens natural energies from within. Labradorite crystals are thought to protect against negative energy as well. Metaphysical scholars also believe that it promotes helpful exploration into the higher levels of consciousness that facilitate visionary experiences and greater insight into the past and future.

The Inuit claim that Labradorite crystals were created when the frozen fire of the Aurora Borealis fell into stones on the ground.  According to legend Labradorite stones transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary.  It's shimmering of mystical light that connects the waking world to the higher realms.

Labradorite is a stone that allows its holder to see through illusions and brings insight. It's excellent for strengthening intuition and for providing relief from reducing negative feelings.

Labradorite stones are, in every sense, a Stone of Magic.  This is why  labradorite was cherished by leaders, shamans, diviners, healers, and seekers of knowledge and guidance for centuries. For self-discovery, it is excellent for awakening one's awareness of inner spirit, intuition, and psychic abilities.

Labradorite is a tremendously spiritual stone. It is really helpful for people who tend to worry too much. It helps energizes and aid our energy bodies in healing themselves. Labradorite is thought by some to strengthen the will, inner strength and convictions. Like the sound and glistening beauty of a gentle rain, this gemstone calms us physically, emotionally and spiritually.


These qualities are why we are so proud to feature Labradorite Crystals on our website. 

Labradorite healing properties for spiritual issues flow from labradorite's unique metaphysical properties. The strong protective influences radiating from labradorite stones protect the aura by creating an energy barrier. This shield holds personal energy in, while also providing protection from people radiating negative energy and attitudes. Because of this protective shield, chakra energies are enhanced.

Labradorite benefits bring alignment of the etheric energy and physical bodies to aid access to the spiritual purpose within. Consciousness is raised while labradorite keeps spiritual energy well-grounded within the body.  It is a beautiful thing.

This is why this iridescent crystal stone is referred to as the "temple of stars." It is believed to impart light and highly evolved energy from the higher realms to the energy body.

Labradorite stone properties benefits enhance perseverance and spiritual strength. All these labradorite properties assist in spiritual healing while staying spiritually strong in the face of adversity.

Healing properties of labradorite are deeply root to its classification as a stone of transformation. Spectrolite labradorite is particularly useful in  connecting the soul to the higher realms.

Connection with the Divine is also enhanced by labradorite. Communication with spirit guides can also facilitated by labradorite crystals.

 

Interesting Labradorite Lore

According to legend, an Inuit warrior was wondering along the coast of Labradorite, he saw that part of the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) were trapped in the rocks along the shore.  Feeling a sense of grief, he tried to free the trapped lights with the swing of his mighty spear. He freed most these lights, but some of the lights were still caught within the stones.  This is how the beautiful mineral known as labradorite was created.

This is not surprising considering the magical, iridescent color of labradorite. Labradorite is believed to be a magical stone that has powerful protective properties and helps its holder to find their true path in life. It is thought to "bring light" to the otherwise hidden, and thus provide its wearer with insight.
Labradorite Healing Properties

Labradorite Physical Properties

(from http://geology.com/gemstones/labradorite/)


What is Labradorite?  

Labradorite is calcium sodium feldspar and possesses a Mohs hardness of 6 to 6.5. It is a soft grey/blue stone with lustrous blues and greens flashing inside it. Also called spectrolite, it is named for Labrador, the eastern Canadian peninsula where it was first found in 1770. 

Get out your dictionary there are some big words coming... Labradorite is a member of the plagioclase (tectosilicate minerals... if that helps at all) series of minerals that are comprised of feldspars that range in composition of pure albite (NaAlSi3) to pure anthorite (CaAl2 Si2 O8). Labradorite is defined at approximately the 50% to 70% anthorite. By definition it must contain 50-70% calcium to 50-30% sodium in the sodium/calcium position of the crystal structure. All members of the plagioclase series usually display lamellar twinning called "Albite Twinning". The twinning is caused by an error in the crystal structure during its growth....Whew...

Why does Labradorite look so pretty and have so many colors??
Well that is what they call Labradoressence...

What is Labradoressence?

The Labradoressence color display is from lamellar inter growths inside the crystal. These inter growths result from compatible chemistries at high temperatures becoming incompatible at lower temperatures and therefore causing  a separating and layering of these two phases.
The resulting colour effect is caused by  a light ray entering a layer and being 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 wave length than when it went in. The wave length corresponds to the wave length of a particular colour. The effect depends on the thickness and orientation of the layers and also upon the angle of the viewer or the angle of the light source. If the layers are too thick or too thin, or if the angle of the viewer or light source is not correct then 'Labradoressence' will not be seen.

Where does Labradorite come from?
Well... Labrador is where it was first discovered in 1770.  

Where is Labrador?
Canada... Labrador and Newfoundland are a pair of closely connected provinces on the East Coast of Canada. Labradorite was discovered there first... by Moravian missionaries.

Labradorite can also be found in other parts of Canada as well as all over the world such as The United States, Mexico, South America, China, India, and Norway. Madagascar and Finland produce the most impressive pieces.

 

More of Labradorite’s Metaphysical Properties:

There are many qualities attributed to this beautiful, mystical stone such as good luck, lucid dreaming,  insight, enhanced psychic abilities,  intuition, and dispelling negative energies.

Because of the structure of this stone, Labradorite has a holographic aspect to it that can create so many variations in color.  It could be used to aid almost every chakra depending on the color of the stone, and the Labradoressent flashes of light that are seen depend on the angle at which you turn the stone. This fact alone makes this crystal a very interesting stone on a metaphysical level.  Just like us Labradorite is multidimensional, versatile, durable, and the cracks that form while growing cause beautiful flashes of light to be seen by others depending on their perspective.

Our minds also work this way. Our experiences, stresses and strains on our psyche can alter the way in which knowledge or information (light) enters, and as it passes through, bounces from each cleave to alter the way in which it is perceived.

Labradorite stones are credited with having the ability to bring out the best in people and calm overactive minds.

In traditional Hindu belief systems, labradorite is associated with the throat chakra, or vishuddha, which is the centre of purification. The throat chakra is associated with hearing, speech and self-expression. Wearing labradorite is thought to contribute to true and honest expression. Labradorite is said to facilitate communication between the spiritual and physical world, helping its wearer to recall dreams and experiences from past lives. It is therefore thought to help bring out psychic abilities.

 

It is sometimes referred to as Merlin Stone or Magic Stone because of its metaphysical properties listed below:  

  • Self-discovery.
  • Inspiration.
  • Intuition.
  • Insight.
  • Clairvoyance.
  • Clarity of perception.
  • Ancient wisdom.
  • Transformation.
  • Knowledge.
  • Discovery.
  • Resourcefulness.
  • Courage.
  • Vitality.
  • Protection.

  • Astrological Sign(s):  Scorpio, Sagittarius, Leo
    Element(s):  Water  
    Chakra(s):  Brow (Third Eye) .

    Labradorite is actually just a grey-black to brown  stone,somewhat translucent when held up to a light ,quite plain in appearance. A "Blue Labradorite" is not actually blue, it is the light entering the stone, splitting and bouncing back the appearance of Blue, in other words it is creating the "Illusion of Blue" or " Holding the Vibration of Blue".