Gemstone family: Feldspar
Colours: Blue, Grey, White
Mohs hardness: 6 - 6.5
Ground locations: Canada, Finland, Madagascar, Norway
Labradorite has been named after the Labrador Peninsula in Canada, where it was first discovered in the 1770s. Eskimo tales have it that the Northern Lights used to be trapped in the rocks by the sea until one night a wandering Eskimo released most of them into the sky with a blow from his spear. The lights that could not break free from the rocks were called Labradorite.
True to its soft metallic iridescence, Labradorite is alleged to have a calming and harmonizing effect on its wearers, helping them clarify their ideas and trust their intuition.