This stone is one of my favourites. It is a “new” stone as it was discovered in Labrador (hence it’s name) in the 1770’s. It is a feldspar stone and has such a gorgeous iridescent effect that I, personally, struggle to photograph to show it to you. In fact the effect was called labradoresence by Ove Balthasar Bøggild. He defined (labradorization) it as: Labradorization is the peculiar reflection of the light from submicroscopical planes orientated in one direction (rarely in two directions); these planes have never such a position that they can be expressed by simple indices, and they are not directly visible under the microscope.
As far as I’m concerned the effect is beautiful and in ancient Inuit legends as 'the aurora borealis entombed in stone'. What a beautiful way to describe a gorgeous stone. So, although it was only discovered commercially in the 1770’s the Inuit and Boethuk tribes of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Attributes: • Said to assist awareness and attunement • Zodiac stone for Scorpio • Helps people who work in caring positions to keep them balanced • Brings out the best in people in the workplace • Develops the hands sensitivity so it used by therapists who use their touch.
Sadly due to the fact that it is “new” stone I don’t have historic items to show you this week. This is despite the fact that the stone was very popular in jewellery in England and France in the 18th century. It appears that the stone was used for secret message jewellery to represent the letter “L” for messages such as Good luck. I’m sure that there will be some beautiful pieces made with it in the future that may gain famous status.