A spectacular piece of Labradorite from our collection of rocks and minerals. Vibrant colours can be seen as light reflects off this mineral from different angles.
The fascinating iridescence that can be seen in the mineral labradorite is caused as light reflects off different layers beneath the surface of the stone. The colours we see are the reflection of light.
This free-standing piece of labradorite has only been polished on one side but colours caused by iridescence can be seen on both sides of the stone. Depending on the angle from which it's viewed it can either look fairly ordinary or quite magnificent. To fully appreciate everything it has to offer this mineral needs to be gently moved around in good light. On the back a spectrum of colours can be seen when it catches the light at just the right angle.
Although the correct name for this optical phenomenon which can be seen in certain rocks and minerals is schiller, in labradorite it's often referred to as labradorescence.
This popular variety of the mineral feldspar was first discovered in 1770. It takes its name from the location where it was first discovered. Labrador which is the most easterly province of Canada lies on country's Atlantic coast.
In the metaphysical world labradorite is said to be a mystical and highly protective stone that brings light and positive energy into any space. A perfect stone for those who need to relax it calms the mind and stimulates the imagination.