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From : Tandika Star 93:9600/5 Sun 18 Apr 93 21:33
Subj : Labradorite
SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION: Labradorite is from the plagioclase feldspar group, a
mixture of sodium and calcium aluminum silicates. It is gray, green, bluish, and
sometimes a play of various colors; vitreous; frequently pearly on cleavage.
Chemical composition: (Na,Ca)AlSi3O8. The streak is white. It's hardness is 6.
Labradorite is one of the lime-soda feldspars, along with bytownite and
anorthite. Crystals are uncommon, but when found in fine grade, they are pale
ENVIRONMENT: The plagioclase feldspars are important rock-forming minerals and
are found in many kinds of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Labradorite occurs
with hornblende and augite in gabbro of plutonic rocks; also with hornblende in
basalt of volcanic rocks.
OCCURENCE: Fine Labradorite showing beautiful colors comes from East Labrador.
In addition, it has been found in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, in Essex
and Lewis counties. Some has been found in Findland and a fine grade in
Madagascar. Pale yellow crystals have been found in Utah, California, Oregon and
GEMSTONE INFORMATION: Only the finest Labradorite, showing distinct change of
color (labrador-escence), is considered a gemstone. Greenish, bluish, yellowish,
or reddish change of color may occur; blues and greens are most common, and the
color change may be only in patches. There are some fine-grade, pale yellow
crystals that can be faceted. However, most crystals found are "damaged" or
flawed with cracks, rendering them uncuttable.
NAME: Labradorite is named after the location in which it was first discovered,
LEGEND and LORE: I did not find any reference to this stone in any of my
MAGICAL PROPERTIES: This stone is not mentioned in Cunningham or Mella, or
HEALING: "Gem healers claim it elevates the wearer's consciousness and
connection with the energies of the universe." (8)
PERSONAL EXPERIENCE: I have two small pieces of Labradorite. I use them at the
Third-Eye Chakra because of their blue/bluish "sheen". I can't say that the
results have been notable, since I've used them in conjunction with other
stones. Sometimes, if I am going to participate in a "meditation circle" where I
know I will be doing "readings", I will stick the larger piece in my pocket.
NOTES: This stone is sometimes called "Spectrolite", in the non-crystalized
form. (8) Labradorite is sometimes carved into ashtrays and various decorative
objects. A translucent labradorite forms luscious black moonstones. (2)
1. Scientific, Environment, Occurence and Name are from (or paraphrased from)
"The Audobon Society Field Guide to North American Rocks and Minerals".
2. Precious and semi-precious gemstone information may come from "Gemstones" by
E. H. Rutland.
3. Other Precious and semi-precious gemstone information may come from "Gem
Cutting", sec. ed., by John Sinkankas.
4. Legends and Lore, Magical Properties are from "Cunningham's Encyclopedia of
Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic", by Scott Cunningham.
5. Some of the healing information may come from "Color and Crystals, A Journey
Through the Chakras" by Joy Gardner.
6. Some of the healing information may come from "A Journey Through the Chakras"
by Joy Gardner.
7. Personal Experience is from MY personal experience, journals and notebooks,
by Tandika Star.
8. "The Crystal Handbook" by Kevin Sullivan.
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