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Gift Tree of Life
Size: Outer Circle = 1 1/2 ”
- The gem was discovered around 1770 in Labrador. It was later found in Finland in the 1940s. At this time, labradorite was named spectrolite and was added to the gem market. The most valuable labradorite comes from Finland where it is always called spectrolite. The Finnish variety has vibrant aqua, yellow, deep blue, reddish orange, red and green colorations.Family
Labradorite belongs to the feldspar family, which covers about one-half of Earth’s crust.
Labradorite occurs in metamorphic or igneous rocks, and it can be found in other places in the world, such as Finland, Russia, Madagascar, Australia, Mexico, Norway and the United States.
- Labradorite gets its name from where it is mainly quarried: the Labrador peninsula in Canada. It is a sodium-rich plagioclase feldspar—in other words, a hard crystalline mineral. Thus labradorite—otherwise of an undistinguished gray-green rock color—is able to display a vast array of colors when light strikes it, producing reflections of violet, blue, green, yellow, orange and red. This effect is called “labradorescence.”
Labradorite exhibits a soft color throughout the surface called labradorescence. Though not visible when the gem is lying flat, you can see labradorescence when tilting labradorite to an angle. Light funneling though the gem’s thin plates causes this effect.
- The Eskimo Inuit and the Native American Innu, natives of Labrador, have used labradorite for centuries. There are stories involving the discovery of labradorite, one of which tells of some “mighty being” coming upon the rocks where the stars once resided, and pounded on them to enable some of them to travel up to the sky, while a few remained. The native inhabitants of Labrador called the mineral “fire rock” or “firestone.”
|Dimensions||2 × 2 × 2 in|