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According to Eskimo lore, the Northern Lights used to be trapped in the rocks along the coast of Labrador. A wandering Eskimo is said to have released most of them into the night’s sky with a blow from his spear. The lights that remained trapped in the rocks are called Labradorite.
The weird and the wonderful
Part of the feldspar group, this fascinating and beautiful mineral’s charm can be easily overlooked if not viewed from the correct position.
The ‘schiller effect’ or labradorescence, which it is commonly characterised by, is a rich play of iridescent colours caused by a scattering of light from thin layers within the gemstones formation; observed as a play of light across cleavage planes and in sliced sections, flashing a soft array of metallic blues, greens, golds, and bronzes.
History in a nutshell
Pieces of the gemstone were found amongst the artefacts of the Red Painted People of Maine, a culture which flourished from around 3000BC to 1000BC.
Very closely related to Rainbow Moonstone, this beautiful gemstone is sometimes called ‘Black Moonstone’.
Labradorite takes its name from the Labrador Peninsula in Canada, where it was first discovered by Europeans in the 1770s. It was declared Labrador’s mineral emblem in 1975.
It is said to have a calming and harmonizing effect, improving intuition and helping it’s wearer to clarify their views and objectives.
Thought to bring out the best in the wearer, it is sometimes known as the Self-Esteem Stone, subtly affecting the way you respond to situations, emotionally and physically.
Labradorite works well on the 2nd, or Sacral Chakra and it is also said to have a particularly strong effect on the 5th, or Throat Chakra, 6th, or Brow Chakra and 7th, or Crown Chakra.