Rocks and Minerals Information Sheet R002
Sometimes called Spectrolite, Labradorite is of the Plagioclase Feldspar Group- a series of mixtures of Sodium and Calcium aluminium Silicates. It has the most distinctive flashes of irridescent colours known as "Labradorescence".
These beautiful flashes of colour change according to the angle of light refraction and may be blue, green, yellow and pink. It is a truly captivating stone.
Predominantly a turquoise hue with undertones of golds and pinks it is as fascinating as the colours of a drake first in one light blue, then green then purple. Nature at its most magical.
It was named Labradorite as it was first discovered in Labrador but became "extinct" after the 19th Century only to be re-discovered in Madagascar, India , Finland and parts of Russia very recently.