Type/Color: Natural stone, natural colors
Cut: Smooth round, faceted (round, roundelle, pillow, teardrop, square, lucky, puffed coin, heart), precision cut faceted round and roundelle, heishi, free form (polished and raw), chips, flat teardrop, star cut, graduated smooth - faceted roundelle, matte rounds and roundelle cuts. Available in sizes 2mm to 14mm depending on cut and color.
Hardness: 6 – 6.5
Composition/Origins: Type of plagioclase feldspar gemstone blue with characteristic black “needle-like” inclusions of mineral such as copper, lead, or hematite. Labradorite is found in Australia, Canada, Finland, Greenland, Italy, Madagascar, Russia, Scandinavia, and the United States (California, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, and Utah,
Colors/Pattern: stone body colors – silvery-gray, black, brown, greenish, bluish-gray. Labradorite transparency ranges from near translucent to opaque with varying degrees labradorescence displaying flashes of colored “fire” in blue, green or gold. This phenomenon of Labradorescence (hence the name “Labradorite”) is seen in labradorite where flashes of iridescent color (blue, green, blue- green, purple, orange, red, silver, yellow) occur as the stone is turned in different directions. These iridescent flashes of color resemble colors found in peacock feathers; hence make this gemstone very popular for jewelry, artwork, and decoration. A similar kind of iridescence (Schiller) is found in transparent gemstones such as sunstones, some of which are actually a type of labradorite with copper inclusions creating the characteristic
orange/gold colors when heat treated. When combined with labradorite in jewelry, sunstone, lapis, or black obsidian enhance the beauty of labradorite displaying flashes of color and fire. Consider our Labradorite Gemstone Beads in your designs to bring in that magical flash of fiery color.
Stone Symbolism: Labradorite is an iridescent mystical gemstone associated with protection, strength, perseverance, higher consciousness, transformation, and the crown chakra.