labradorite tumblestones



If there was one stone to demonstrate the need to hand select specimens, it is labradorite.  Each one of refracts light to different amounts, some very little, some a lot and others very spectacularly. I only select the spectacular specimens as you will see from the images. Naturally, each stone will be different and refract light differently depending on the light and internal structure of the stone.

One of the most distinctive features of labradorite is its iridescence, often referred to as “labradorescence.” This phenomenon is a result of the unique composition of the stone, which contains layers of different minerals. When light enters these layers, it is refracted and scattered, creating a stunning play of colours blues, greens, and yellows but also flashes of orange, pink and even purple.

Labradorite has a long and rich history steeped in lore and legend. The Inuit people of Canada believed that labradorite was the frozen fire of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) and that it contained the spirits of their ancestors. According to Inuit legend, a brave warrior once struck a large piece of labradorite with his spear, releasing the Northern Lights into the sky. They believe that labradorite specimens  still contain some of the Northern Lights within them, which is why they shimmer with such a magical light.

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