LABRADORITE - FROZEN FIRE!
Having worked with gemstones for over 3 years now, and being fascinated with the all my life, I am often asked by clients what my favourite gemstones are.
Being surrounded by the beauty of natural gemstones constantly, it is hard to choose just one - but I would have to mention Labradorite as one of the first few gemstones that I truly fell in love with. What most people dont know is that Labradorite is a mineral that has crystallised in a hard rocky chunk. Technically a feldspar mineral ( basically means that it crystallises from magma ).In its natural state you may find Labradorite in many colours - white, gray, light blue, light green, pale orange - red, or black, usually with a strong multicoloured display of purple, blue and green Schiller’s. Schiller’s are the colour flashes that are present in a mineral or stone when it catch the light at an angle.
Labradorite was first discovered in Labrador Canada by Moravian missionaries in 1770 who named it for the area. It is however referenced in legends by the Innuit tribe whose folklore claims that Labradorite fell from the frozen fire of the Aurora Borealis - now how can you not love a stone with magic like that?
With it's quiet beauty it's often easy to overlook labradorite especially when compared to the more obvious charms of Opals or Amethysts but have another look at that piece of jewellery, let it catch the light and watch the iridescence take your breath away.
According to crystal healers wearing or carrying labradorite brings out the best in people, making life more congenial. It encourages courtesy and tempers the negative side of our personality. It is beneficial to the lungs, aids digestion and metabolism. It calms an overactive mind and energizes the imagination bringing in new ideas. it is an uplifting crystal - helping to banish fears and insecurities.
Humbug or truth? quite frankly I'm a little more shallow than that. I wear it because I love it; because I never it never fails to thrill me when I discover a new Schilller in a piece of jewelry I have owned and worn for so long.