From interior design to accessories, the beauty and mystery of Labradorite never fails to capture our attention among a diverse realm of applications. This stone comes packed with a unique blend of luxury, versatility and durability, and originates from exotic lands with the richest of cultures. Possessing the ability to be utilized far beyond the abilities of a gemstone, Labradorite has many defining traits that make it extremely valued to artists, jewelers and designers all over the world.
What Is Labradorite?
Labradorite is a mineral that can be found in igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. It has a hard crystalline structure and precious stone properties that are highly valued in both the stone and jewelry industries. Labradorite ranks about a 6-6.5 (similar to the hardness of granite) on the Mohs Hardness Scale, and is also known for possessing magic, healing and psychic powers.
One of the main defining traits of Labradorite is its capability of displaying a wide spectrum of colors through highly reflective crystal pockets (which can change as the stone is rotated). Labradorite gemstones usually have a dark blue or black base color with metallic pockets of sapphire, green, red, gold or aquamarine. The color play is iridescent like the feathers of a peacock.
This unique display of iridescent colors is known as Labradorescence, also referred to as the “eyes” of the stone. Labradorescence is caused by internal fractures that reflect light back and forth, dispersing it into different colors. Some stones have a more prominent Labradorescence effect than others, and that greater spectrum of color therefore increases the value of the stone.
Due to its unique properties, Labradorite is quite rare and not typically seen among mass-merchant jewelers or stone suppliers. However, designers who specialize in unique and custom work, such as Tiffany McKinzie, often use it to create one-of-a-kind pieces of raw, natural art.
Labradorite and Lemurian Granite
Labradorite is often found in anorthosite, an igneous rock composed mostly of feldspar. Anorthosite is commonly used in the construction industry, and can be cut, polished and used for design and architectural purposes. Some samples of anorthosite rocks were even taken from the moon, and contain fragments of crystals!
Anorthosite is sometimes classified commercially as “black granite”. Aria Stone Gallery’s Lemurian Extra and Lemurian Baobab granites are both flawless examples of the marriage between anorthosite and Labradorite crystals.
Originating from the exotic island of Madagascar, Aria Stone Gallery’s collection of Lemurian granite slabs are both glamorous and durable. The highly iridescent Labradorite pockets within these stones radiate an eye-catching shimmer against a dark navy background. They exude a beautiful spectrum of colors that change as light bounces off the stone. The large amounts of Labradorite residing inside Lemurian Baobab granite in particular makes it of precious rarity, and a luxurious addition to Aria’s granite collection.