Labradorite, a stone when highly polished that is so eye catching that it has long been a favourite of many and now can be bought as a kitchen work surface.
Labradorite is the dreamer’s stone, and its spiritual meaning centres around that. It is a portal to access higher realms of wisdom, connect with the divine, and uncover parts of your subconscious genetic makeup.
‘Open your eyes, for the world is only a dream’
Labradorite is named for where it was found in Labrador, a Canadian province on the Isle of Paul. Inuits once called labradorite a "fire stone" and would use powdered forms to help cure ailments. According to Inuit legend, a warrior saw the Northern Lights trapped in the rocks and struck them with his spear to free some of the lights. The stone was first described by Moravian missionaries of the late eighteenth century, introducing the stone into the European market. Labradorite is not exclusive to Canada, however, and can also be found in Mexico, Russia and Finland. Since its discovery, labradorite has been a highly sought-after stone for use in jewellery. Other than jewellery applications, labradorite has been used in the production of glass, road construction and ceramic manufacturing.
Labradorite Metaphysical Properties
Labradorite is considered a tremendously spiritual stone, especially helpful for people who tend to overwork. It helps an individual regain energy while aiding the body and spirit in healing itself. In the metaphysical world, labradorite is considered one of the most powerful protectors. The gemstone creates a shield for auras and protects against negativity of the world. Labradorite is said to temper the negativity within ourselves as well. Labradorite is known for its changing colors, so it is no surprise this gemstone is known as a stone of transformation, enhancing strength of will and inner worth. The gemstone labradorite is said to stimulate the throat chakra. Though not associated with any zodiac sign, supposedly the sign of Cancer is especially drawn to labradorite.
Labradorite Geological Properties
Labradorite gemstones are a plagioclase mineral. Plagioclase minerals are feldspars that range from pure albite to pure anthorite. The gem labradorite falls into the 50-70% anthorite category with a 50-70% calcium to 30-50% sodium structure. Labradorite is most commonly known for its brilliant flashes of color called labradoressence caused by lamellar twinning inside the crystal. These twin lamellae structures are compatible at high temperatures, but not at low temperatures, resulting in separation and layering as the gemstone is formed. The extra colours you see in labradorite are caused by refracted light traveling at different speeds through the layers and coming out as a different wave length. A rare variety of labradorite--called spectrolite--displays a richer, fuller spectrum of colours than most.
A stone of transformation, Labradorite is a useful companion through change, imparting strength and perseverance. It balances and protects the aura, raises consciousness and grounds spiritual energies. Excellent for strengthening intuition - promoting psychic abilities. Powerful in revealing the truth behind illusions, Labradorite banishes fears and insecurities, and strengthens faith in the self and trust in the universe. It stimulates the imagination and calms an overactive mind, developing enthusiasm and new ideas.