Labradorite is a well known variety of the mineral feldspar whose name is derived from the location where the rock was first discovered in 1770. Labrador is the most easterly province of Canada and is situated on the country's Atlantic coast.
Labradorite is a fascinating mineral which can be particularly challenging to photograph well. Good quality material exhibits a spectrum of colours which become visible as light interacts with crystals in the stone but to be able to fully appreciate this optical effect, the labradorite needs to be gently moved so that it captures the light at various angles. In the finest grades peacock blues, lush greens and various shades of red and gold can be seen. Capturing these colours in a still photograph can be difficult because the light needs to hit the labradorite at exactly the right angle.
The optical phenomenon or iridescence in this piece of labradorite can also be seen on the unpolished outer side of the rock but only when it catches the light at a certain angle. It's important to mention that the colours which can be seen in our photo have not been enhanced and were captured at the time the photo was taken. Sadly our photo really doesn't do this piece the justice that it deserves but we prefer not to photoshop the image in order to over exaggerate the colours that can be seen. This practice is seen all too often in many images of labradorite that can be seen online.
Weight (grams): 506
Size (cms): 12 x 6.7 x 3.1