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Labradorite characteristics

Labradorite, history and healing properties
"Mora" pendant with labradorite

The name of labradorite comes from Canada, from the region of Labrador where it was discovered around 1770 by Morava missionaries who would bring the Good News to the Inuit.

The labradorite stone is really a fascinating and beautiful mineral. It shows metallic shiny reflections. It shines showing different colors from blue to purple, sometimes with green, yellow, and orange according to the variety of the stone. Some stones show all these colors at the same time.

This is feldspar. It is a variety of anarthite. Multicolored reflections are due to twin lamellae which reflect the light and cause the effect known as Schiller adularescence
Another mine was discovered in Finland in 1940, during World war two, while minors were preparing traps for the enemies. This labradorite was then put on the market under the name of spectrolite.

The labradorite stone is sometimes called "rainbow moonstone", carnatite, hafnefjordite, mauilite, radauite, silicite or spectrolite.

Sometimes, a bad quality of labradorite is used as a decoration material for building facades. You can also find it as light yellow transparent crystals but this one is fragile and does not show any reflection.

Stories, legends and beliefs about labradorite

history and healing properties of labradorite
"A bird left a feather on my window sill" pendant with labradorite

Inuit and Innu (Montagnais-Naskapis) think that labradorite comes from the fire of the polar lights. It freezes and falls to the ground.
According to another legend, an Inuit warrior would have striked a labradorite and this would have created the polar lights. The stones we find today are some of the rays that were imprisoned in the rock. They would consider that labradorite would contain the spirit of their ancestors. They could use it as a medicinal powder to drink it and to fight against different pains.

Mines: Canada, the USA, France, Madagascar, Russia, Ukraine, Norway and Finland.

Healing properties of labradorite

  • Labradorite would balance hormones and would regulate metabolism.
  • It would activate the two hemispheres of the brain.
  • It would help with digestion and sight problems.
  • Labradorite would be useful for blood circulation problems by attracting calcium and iron.
  • It fights arthritis, would eliminate nauseas and vertigo feelings.
  • It would help with lungs and respiratory problems.
  • Labradorite would relieve menstruations.
  • It is the stone of purification.

/!\ Please note that all healing properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat medical conditions.

Labradorite jewelry samples