When viewed at certain angles, labradorite exhibits such captivating color that has led to Inuit legends stating that the Northern Lights shone down on the shores of Labrador and were captured inside these colorful stones.
Labradorite is thought to be a magical stone that possesses powerful protective properties and helps its wearer to find their true path in life. It is thought to "bring light" to the otherwise unknown, and thus provide its wearer with insight. Labradorite is also said to bring out the positive in people and calm overactive minds, bringing peace to its wearer. Labradorite is also thought to assist metabolic functions and digestion.
Wearing labradorite is thought to contribute to true and honest expression and is thought to enhance psychic abilities.
Labradorite Gemological Properties:
Chemical Formula: NaAlASi3O8 to CaAl2Si2O8 Sodium calcium aluminum silicate
Crystal Structure: Triclinic; platy, prismatic
Color: Dark grey to grey-black, with colorful iridescence. Also colorless, orange-red and brownish
Hardness: 6 - 6.5 on the Mohs scale
Refractive Index: 1.559 - 1.570
Density: 2.65 - 2.75
Transparency: Transparent to opaque
Double Refraction or Birefringence: 0.008 to 0.010
Fluorescence: Yellow striations