From the Labrador region in Canada, Labradorite stone was discovered by Moravian missionaries in 1770 who were working with Aboriginal peoples, including the Inuit. They were tasked with evangelising them. The Innu (Montagnais-Naskapis) and Inuit peoples believed that Labradorite stone was a fire stone produced by aurora borealis in the north and south of the globe. They believed it was frozen by the cold at the highest point in the air, and then fell back to the earth. Labradorite is named after geologist Foster, who named it so in 1780.
According to some beliefs, a strike from an Inuit warrior on a labradorite stone created aurora borealis. Today, labradorite found in the various deposits are considered to contain aurora borealis rays. Similarly, labradorite is believed to contain the souls of ancestors. Labradorite powder was also used to cure various ailments.
In 1940, a new labradorite stone deposit was discovered whilst miners were learning how to make traps to stop enemy tanks. Labradorite was then sold under the name Spectrolite. Commonly referred to as ‘rainbow moonstone’, labradorite is also called carnatite, mauilite, silicite, spectrolite, radauite or hafnefjordite. It is used for decorative objects on buildings. It is also a precious stone that needs to be maintained. It features no reflections.
Part of the feldspar group, labradorite stone is primarily composed of sodium and calcium aluminosilicate. Labradorite is often found in green and blue, and occasionally with a metallic lustre. This reflective effect is called adularescence, or the Schiller phenomenon. On Labradorite, this phenomenon appears as a mirror effect on the surface as a result of its varying layers.
The primarily labradorite stone deposits are located in Australia, Canada, the United States, France, Madagascar, Mexico, Russia and Ukraine. Today, labradorite is widely used in jewellery and for the making of labradorite necklaces and bracelets.
Labradorite stone is known for its protective qualities. It offers great protection by absorbing negative energies but also through its shielding effect. Labradorite both protects and absorbs negative environmental energies.
On contact with the skin as a labradorite pendant it increases your desire to socialise. This stone is therefore highly recommended for those who are lonely. Labradorite is recognised as regenerative both physically and mentally after periods of exhaustion. One’s aura thus regains harmony and rebalances itself thanks to this stone.
If, for example, you place a labradorite sphere to balance and harmonise energy of your living room or bedroom, be sure to clean it regularly so that it can recharge from negative energies. Doing so can help to purify your environment. You may also remark that labradorite stone can vary in tint, from dark to light. You may also see it crack and then return to its natural state. This simply means that it has exhausted its virtues, and therefore will unfortunately need replacing as it will not have the same effectiveness.
Labradorite stone works at the level of the heart and the solar plexus. For example, if you place an orange stone on your solar plexus and labradorite at its side, it will soothe your patient’s pain and negative energies will be absorbed.