Gemstone Spotlight for February is Labradorite! While browsing the insane amount of natural rocks, gems, and other materials at the local lapidary I ran into some amazing Labradorite gems. I must admit that despite my large gem collection, I really had never paid much attention to Labradorite and ways it can be used. Why? no idea! This versatile little gemstone has a great number of uses and lore behind it. As the spotlight of the month, here are some uses, tips on care, and other information on my new favorite gemstone!
What is Labradorite?
First things first. The nerd stuff, the science…what is Labradorite anyway?
According to Geology.com Labradorite is a feldspar mineral of the plagioclase series. Now…I had no idea what that was, so if you’re interested in learning more, just click on that link and get some reading done!
Labradorites have a schiller effect, which is a display of iridescent blue, green, red, orange, and yellow colors. Labradorite is so known for these color displays, that the phenomenon is known as ‘labradorescence’.
What causes Labradorescence?
Labradorescence is caused by light entering the stone, striking a twinning surface within the stone, and reflecting from it. The color display seen is the color of light reflected from that twinning surface. Different surfaces within the stone reflect different colors of light. This is what gives the stone it’s multi-colored appearance.
- Color – Usually clear, white, or gray in reflected light. Labradorescent colors can include blue, green, yellow, orange and red.
- Streak – White
- Luster – Vitreous, pearly on cleavage faces
- Diaphaneity – Transparent to translucent
- Cleavage – Two directions of perfect cleavage intersecting at about 86 degrees
- Mohs Hardness – 6 to 6.5
- Chemical Composition – (Na,Ca)(Al,Si)4O8 with Na (30-50%) and Ca (70-50%)
- Crystal System – Triclinic
Labradorite’s hardness level is similar to that of Moonstone, which is the most famous of the orthoclase gems.
Labradorite as a Gemstone
This gemstone has become popular due to its unique play-of-color. Stones with exceptional color are often given the name ‘spectrolite’ and are the most coveted.
Not usually found in mass-produced jewelry, it is a favorite of designers and jewelers doing custom jewelry work.
Many specimens do not exhibit labradorescence. Care has to be taken when working with Labradorite as it breaks into two distinct directions, which can make it difficult to use as jewelry as it could break if impacted. It is also more apt to scratching due to it’s lower Moh’s scale of hardness.
Due to this delicate nature, Labradorite is most often cut into smooth cabochons. This also helps display the labradorescence phenomenon when properly cut.
Where is Labradorite found?
Labradorite is named after the location of its discovery on the Isle of Paul, near Nain, Labrador, Canada. It was discovered in 1770 by a Moravian missionary.
Some of the best specimens exhibiting labradorescence have been found in Finland. A large amount of grey and black specimens are found in Madagascar and Russia. Small amounts of transparent specimens have been found in India.
There are several mines in Oregon producing transparent orange, yellow, red, blue green and clear labradorite without labradorescence. These are often marketed as ‘Oregon Sunstones’.
Magical, Healing and Metaphysical Uses and Properties
On the good stuff! Labradorite has plenty of uses and properties which are used by Pagans of all traditions. It’s lore dates back to ancient legends where the native Inuit people of Canada believed the stone was created from frozen fire, as a result of the northern lights. Labradorite is known as a stone of transformation.
Meaning of Labradorite
Labradorite has been used as a ‘Stone of Magic’. It has been valued by diviners, healers, and shamans throughout the ages.
The stone encourages self-awareness of inner spirit, psychic ability, and intuition. The abilities are hidden beneath what is seen, much like the labradorescence is hidden beneath the stones gray-green or black exterior.
This gem is also connected to protection. Creating a shield within the aura, much like the rock provides protection to its shimmery mystical labradorescence within. Natural energies of the aura are strengthened by its use.
Labradorite is beneficial for exploring various consciousness levels, including enhancing visions. It can bring and enhance natural abilities like telepathy and clairvoyance. It also has it’s used in past-life recognition and psychic development.
In order to maintain the proper energy of your crystals, it is important to always follow the 3 proper care step1
1. Cleanse 2. Charge 3. Activate
These are some safe ways to cleanse your Labradorite gemstones
- Fresh Water – Running, quick rinse or left to soak for 24 hours
- Saltwater – quick rinse, do not let soak
- Sound Cleansing
- Smoke Cleansing
- On Crystal Geode or Cluster bed – labradorite scratches easily, so be careful to place a soft white cloth between the geode and the labradorite
Do not use ultrasonic cleaners or steamers, as these can damage your gemstone.
Due to its softness, you will want to remove your jewelry before any exercise, cleaning or harsh physical activities to avoid damage or breaking.
Careful storage of your labradorite by keeping it in a gem cabinet, or wrapping it in soft white cloth when stored with other gems will help prevent scratches.
Labradorite can be charged by holding it under running water and leaving it out to charge under the sun or moon for 24 hours.
I would suggest moon-charging your labradorite, as repeated exposure to direct sunlight can fade this stone.
Activating the gemstone can be done via meditation, use, and consecration. Remember that as with most things, intent rules in most magical work. Setting your purpose in motion is the best activation method.
Labradorite honors Arianrhod, the Welsh Goddess of the Moon and Stars. Her home is the Aurora Borealis, the place where souls go after death and await re-birth. She is also the Goddess of prophecy and dream.
I personally have started using it in the creation of amulets and talismans. Also for use with Chakras (mainly Third Eye work).
As a barrier crystal, it makes a wonderful amulet of protection. Worn in a necklace or simply carried in a pocket on your person.
I work with computers all day long at work, I feel like carrying a labradorite stone helps filter energies that may be harmful, such as electromagnetic transmissions emanating from technology we are in contact every day.
Labradorite in Spiritual Healing and Growth
Labradorite healing properties are in the spiritual realm. It can be used in aura protection and cleansing, by creating a barrier preventing psychic energy drains. Due to its protective qualities, it can also be used to enhance and balance elemental forces.
Its energies can propagate a sense of purposefulness, and help you develop new ideas or find new joy and enthusiasm in both your day to day life and new projects.
Because higher consciousness is raised with the use of labradorite, it can help keep spiritual energy grounded and balanced. Which can lead and push you towards more confidence and larger expression of emotion.
Practitioners who believe in extraterrestrial and astral beings, refer to labradorite as the ‘temple of the stars’ gemstone. Believed to impart light and highly evolved energy from astral beings of other places on to the human soul.
Labradorite is best used for spiritual healing and strengthening spirituality. It has been used to heal the spirit of people close to death, to prepare their soul and body for passing into the next life.
How to Use in Spiritual Healing work
- Worn in earrings to improve the ability to hear messages from spirit guides
- Worn as a pendant to remain centered
- Used in a mala or prayer bead string to enhance connections with other worlds or maintain focus on self-empowerment
Labradorite works best when kept high on the body (above the chest).
Labradorite in Physical Healing
Physical healing properties of Labradorite include the brain, eyes, lungs and digestive system. It can help regulate metabolism. It is believed to help reduce respiratory problems, especially from colds.
I personally use it as a stress and anxiety reducer. It has been said that it can also help lower blood pressure and provide pain relief caused by menstrual symptoms, gout, and rheumatism.
Its energy helps cleanse the body of toxins and negativity you pick up from other peoples’ energies on a day by day basis.
How to use in Physical Healing work
- Worn as jewelry
- Put labradorite gemstone in a pocket to keep it close to the body
- Placed under the pillow while sleeping
Labradorite in Emotional Healing
Due to it’s strong ties to the mind and meditation, Labradorite is helpful in growing self-confidence and faith/spirituality. Gaining knowledge of the past and the future is helpful in creating a more centered, well-balanced life.
Labradorites vibrations can protect against negativity, and strengthen your willpower and focus. It can also stimulate your imagination, and relax an overactive mind.
How to use in Emotional Healing
- Hold labradorite in hand during meditation sessions
- Worn in jewelry
- Use golden labradorite for powerful connections to upper archangel realms (if you use Angel magic)
- Rest a string off golden labradorite on top of the head and through the hair to heal tears in the aura
- Used in meditation for inter and multi-dimensional travel
Labradorite and Divination
Keeping a Labradorite point on your divination workspace can help open and enhance psychic abilities during readings.
When used in stone reading, Labradorite has been known to mean that you have to temporarily make the best of a less-than-ideal situation but will be able to do things your way. It represents perseverance.
Birthstone and the Zodiac
Labradorite is the natural (not traditional) birthstone for people born between February 19 and March 19. Blue Labradorite helps people born during this time to be more patient and respectful of others.
Labradorite gemstones are the modern birthstones of people born under the zodiac sign of Leo. Born between July 23 and August 22.
It is said that Labradorite attracts luck, and as such, it is also known as the Good Luck stone.
If you yearn for abundance, food fortune and success, this stone can be used to attract those things to your life.
It can also help guard against misfortune, and help you recover mentally and emotionally from the lower times in life.
This stone is also helpful when undergoing a change in relationships. It can help promote stronger relationships and commitments. Keeping an open heart and mind, and keeping a focus on relationships.
It can help you face fears and insecurities and remove these from your energy replacing them with positivity and empowerment. As a stone of balance, it can help balance our personality, help with depression and bad behavior.
Hope this is a helpful post for everyone, good entry for your grimoires or book of shadows!
Love and Light