LABRADORITE

Labradorite is associated with “many faces”. It is a Feldspar variety of mineral and classed within the plagioclase series as intermediate to calcic. The mineral forms in mafic igneous rocks can also be found as a detrital component of sediments and metamorphic amphibolites. It appears grey to white, lath shaped to blocky grains.

All crystals belong to a different group according to the basis of the relationships of their axes. There are seven systems and 32 classes of symmetry. Labradorite crystals belong to the Triclinic system.

Labradorite named for the location it was discovered in Labrador in Canada. In 1770 the Moravian missionaries found its magic. It became valued for its ability to flash mystical, coloured light when viewed at an angle.

This magical ‘fire rock’ was used in powdered form to cure ailments by the natives of Labrador, who comprised the inland American Inuit and the coastal Eskimo Inuit.

Significant labradorite deposits are found in Canada, the US, Mexico, Madagascar and Finland, among many other places.

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