Gemology • Lauren Dorr is a designer at a luxury brand and is an avid collector of vintage jewelry. She contributes a monthly post on gemstones for The Stone Set.
Labradorite • Iridescent grey or dark grey stone
Energies • Protection, Creativity, Intuition, Repels Negativity, Transformative, Calming
Labradorite is a gemstone of magic. This unusual grey stone radiates iridescent colors, creating flashes of shimmering light. Labradorite’s incredible play of color is caused by internal mineral factures that reflect light back and forth. This glistering color effect is known as labradoresence, giving Labradorite its allure and distinction. American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson famously said, “A man is like a bit of labradorite spar, which has no luster as you turn it in your hand until you come to a particular angle; then it shows deep and beautiful colors.”
Labradorite was officially discovered in 1770 on Saint Paul Island in Labrador, Canada and was named for this area. This stone has been known, however, for thousands of years and is surrounded by myth. According to one Aboriginal legend, the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) were once trapped in the rocks and a legendary warrior found these “lights” and freed them from their imprisonment by striking the rocks with his spear. Some of the light escaped into the sky aligning to the cosmos, while some light remained in the rock creating the labradorite stone. Pieces of labradorite have been found among Native American artifacts in the state of Maine, and the Canadian Aboriginals used the powder form of labradorite as a magical cure for bodily ailments. Labradorite is often called the “temple of the star.”
Wearing labradorite jewelry is thought to increase intuition, psychic abilities, and enhance your dreams. The stone’s energy is used for protection and healing. It is also used to relieve stress and anxiety. Labradorite energizes the imagination and helps build creativity. My favorite labradorite jewelry piece is a faceted beaded bracelet that I found in a gemstone store in Austin, Texas. This bracelet’s gemstones bounces so much light off my wrist that it seems to be somehow shining through me, helping me see the magic in everyday things and the magic that is all around us.
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