Everything you need to know about Labradorite
Labradorite is one of our favourite gemstones. You will find Diamonds, Aquamarine, and Tourmaline in our handmade collection, but also a lot of Labradorite. Especially necklaces and earrings are something we love to design with these eye-pleasing beauties.
Labradorites are mostly grey, but certainly not boring! When you turn the stone it will light up in different colors. The iridescent reflection is often green and blue and very lively, but some stones light up in orange or pink. We call this effect to labradorize. This makes it is a real eye catcher, a gem which steals the show.
Labradorite is part of the feldspar group. Feldspars are one of the most important minerals from the crustal rock. It can be found in granite and basalt. Feldspars have mixed crystal shapes and we differentiate all kind of feldspar variations. These gemstones have a hardness of 6-6.5 on the scale of Mohs and that’s why they are best used for necklaces and earrings. In a ring they see a lot of action and might need to be re-polished after some wear.
The most well-known feldspars which are frequently used in jewellery are Amazonite, Avonturine, Moonstone and of course Labradorite.
The Labradorite name was given to the gemstone by a pastor who found it on the island Labrador in 1770 and named it after the island. He found quite some boulders with a striking grey shade that changed colour in blue and/or green shades by turning the stone.
The gem was already well-known and loved by the original inhabitants of northern Canada. Labradorite is the Aurora Borealis caught in a rock according to the Inuit people. The Northern Lights can be freed by breaking the rock. That’s why we will sometimes see the beautiful colour play of Labradorite in the air. Part of the light stayed behind in the rocks as bright colourful rays. Isn’t it fantastic? Ever since Lotte has seen the Northern Lights herself she loves this gem even more.
This gem combines very well with gold and silver, because of the neutral base colour in combination with the interesting colour reflection. You can also combine Labradorite very well with other gemstones, like bright coloured gemstones and diamonds for an unconventional twist. We would love to find a pretty and exciting combination for your Oogst Original too.