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Labradorite: Stone of Magic and Protection

Labradorite is a plagioclase feldspar which was named for the Labrador Peninsula in Canada, where it was first discovered in 1770 by a Moravian missionary. It is highly prized for its ability to reflect light in vivid flashes of blue, gold, green, red, orange, and sometimes purple. Gemologists refer to this phenomenon as “labradorescence.”

The colors occur in layers within the stone, and care must be used during cutting and polishing, to reveal and maintain the most color possible. Labradorite can be found in carvings, freeforms, spheres, points, and palm stones, as well as faceted stones, cabochons and beads.

Labradorite Is a Stone of History and Legend

Labradorite has been used throughout history by shamans, magicians, and crystal practitioners to help them recall experiences from other realms and lifetimes. It has been known to assist in achieving higher levels of vibration and consciousness and has been used for protection while “moving between worlds.”

The stone was used by the “Red Paint People of Maine,” a culture indigenous to the north Atlantic coast of America, who flourished 3000-5000 years ago.  Some researchers have theorized that they could have been survivors from the Lost City of Atlantis, and it is believed that people who are naturally drawn to labradorite have past life connections to Atlantis.

Red Paint People of Maine
Labradorite was used by the “Red Paint People of Maine,” an ancient culture indigenous to the north Atlantic coast of America. Some researchers have theorized that they could have been survivors from the Lost City of Atlantis. Image credit: neara.org

Labradorite Has Additional Trade Names

Labradorite has been found in Russia, Norway, Italy, Greenland, Canada, Finland, Scandinavia, and most recently in Madagascar. Material discovered in Finland during the 1940’s was found to display the widest range of colors in a single flash, including purple and deep red. It was given the trade name, “Spectrolite,” which was derived from the Latin spectrum. Deposits in Madagascar produce similar material, and it is sometimes referred to as “Spectralite” (with an “a” instead of an “o”.)  This material is quite rare.

Occasionally, “purple labradorite” can be found in the market. Attention is drawn to the color because of the rarity of purple flashes seen in labradorite. Specimens of purple labradorite are typically more expensive than those which display only the most common colors.   

Labradorite freeform
This rare labradorite freeform weighs 4.1 kilograms and was mined in Madagascar. It is referred to as “Spectralite,” because it can display a full spectrum of colors in one flash.

Yellow, or golden labradorite is a transparent variety that is found in Chihuahua, Mexico. It is also known as Bytownite. These stones are typically tumbled or faceted for jewelry, and they do not exhibit labradorescence.   

Yellow Labradorite
This faceted round yellow labradorite was mined in Chihuahua, Mexico. It weighs 26 carats.

Labradorite is Referred to as the “Stone of Magic

Often referred to as the “stone of magic,” labradorite is useful for divination and enhancing psychic abilities. It can provide access to Akashic records, and allow one to envision the past, future, and distant places more clearly. Labradorite strengthens the aura and provides protection against psychic attacks and “energy vampires.” 

Because of the variety of colors found in labradorite, it is useful for all chakras. Yellow labradorite is especially beneficial to the solar plexus.

Labradorite freeform
This labradorite freeform features a brilliant display of colors and interesting patterns. It was mined in Madagascar.

Labradorite is Frequently Used in Jewelry

Labradorite can be found in jewelry from the Victorian and Art Nouveau periods, as well as in pieces dating back to 18th century Europe. Stick pins, brooches, lockets, rings and other items are sometimes offered by antique dealers. These pieces are quite rare and can command prices in the thousands, if they are in good condition.

Modern jewelry designers appreciate labradorite for the uniqueness that it adds to their pieces, when they incorporate beads, cabochons, and faceted stones.  

Victorian Tiffany & Co. Labradorite Stick Pin
This carved labradorite fish stick pin is from the Victorian era. It was manufactured by Tiffany & Co. and features an old mine cut diamond in the eye. Photo credit: rubylane.com

Labradorite beads and cabochons
Modern jewelry designers appreciate labradorite for the stone’s endless combination of vibrant colors and patterns.

Labradorite Makes a Wonderful Gift

Most crystal practitioners and enthusiasts list labradorite among their favorite stones, but it appeals to many different people for various reasons. A labradorite freeform or flame is a great gift for anyone who appreciates beautiful things. Each piece is a one-of-a-kind work of art, combining the colors and patterns of a modern painting with the smooth, graceful lines of a hand carved sculpture. 

Crystal practitioners use labradorite in several different forms for meditation and grid work, including spheres, points, palm stones and rough or semi-polished chunks. We currently have some beautiful labradorite in our store. Click here to shop!

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