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Labradorite

 

Labradorite



Named after the peninsula in Canada where it was originally found, it's a member of the Feldspar group. Specifically, plagioclase feldspar. It has a luminescent quality, similar to a moonstone, but with more of a streaked design of blues and greens. The above picture shows this quality when the light strikes it just right. Some specimens show a more complete rainbow spectrum as well. This quality is best seen when the stone is in just the right direction in relation to the light source because of the distortion created by the microscopic exsoluction lamellae of high and low calcium plagioclase phases.

Labradorite Cut Gemstone


Deposits are obtained from Canada, Madagascar, Australia, Russia, Mexico and the United States.


STATS:
Color: Dark gray to gray-black with colorful iridescent qualities, sometimes colorless, brown
Mohs' Hardness Scale: 6 - 6 1/2
Density: 2.65 - 2.75
Transparency: Transparent to Opaque



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