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Labradorite Cabochons£0.75 – £29.95
Labradorite Cabochons (Parcels)£14.95 – £20.00
Labradorite Freeform Cabochons£9.95 – £14.95
Labradorite Slices (Half Polished)£2.95 – £4.95
Labradorite Tumblestones£1.25 – £3.95
Labradorite is a mineral which occurs in a few different colours, most commonly a dark green-grey.
It has a flash of colour referred to as labradorescence, which can result in bright flashes of colour, most often greens, blues, and yellows. There is more information on the varieties of Labradorite below, in our Mineralogy section.
Uses and History
Labradorite was first discovered in Labrador, Canada, which is where the name comes from.
The material was apparently discovered by a Morovian missionary in 1770, but not much information about this event is available.
Labradorite is almost exclusively used as a decorative stone. It is very popular with jewellers, especially in the ‘wire wrapping’ style. It is also cut, carved, and polished – in some cases, it is used for larger decorative pieces, like worktops.
- Madagascar – Tulear Province
- Myanmar – Mandalay Region
- Finland – South Karelia (Spectrolite)
- Ukraine – Zhytomyr
- Brazil – Minas Gerais
Australia and Oceania:
- Australia – New South Wales
- Canada – Labrador – type locale!
- Canada – Quebec
- USA – New York – Adirondack Mountains
- USA – Ohio
- USA – Texas
- USA – Utah
It’s chemical formula is (Ca,Na)Al1-2Si3-2O8.
- Labradorite is usually a dark green-grey, or dark grey stone, with a bright flash of colours – usually blues and greens, with occasional yellow-gold and sometimes other colours.
- Spectrolite has a darker base colour, which causes a larger range of colours than most other Labradorite. Spectrolite is only found in Finland – although many sellers refer to any Labradorite with a broader colour spectrum as Spectrolite.
- Golden Labradorite / Bytownite is a transparent variant with a golden colour – it is usually sold tumbled or cut.
- Andesine is the name given to an artifically treated Feldspar mineral.
Larvikite is a grey-black stone with thumbnail sized flashes of white and blue, so it should be relatively easy to distinguish from the more colourful Labradorite. If you are in doubt, Larvikite does have a slightly lower specific gravity.
Photos of Labradorite
A wire wrapped Copper necklace made by Wire Witchcraft
Hazards and Warnings
Almost all rocks, minerals (and, frankly, almost all other substances on earth) can produce toxic dust when cutting, which can cause serious respiratory conditions including silicosis.
When cutting or polishing rocks, minerals, shells, etc, all work should be done wet to minimise the dust, and a suitable respirator or extraction system should be used.
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