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Labradorite is a variety of feldspar of beautiful blue, grey, green, or yellow color or a combination thereof.
This stone shows a physical phenomenon called labradorescence.
Labradorescence is a nice display of a rainbow colors as the light rays refract and interfere over the different planes on the surface of this stone. The attractive color flashes of Labradorite can be compared with the color of the most attractive butterflies in the world.
That’s why the alternative name of labradorite is spectrolite.
Labradorite was discovered on an island in Labrador, Canada, in the second half of the 18th century.
An ancient Eskimo legend says that the Northern Lights (also called Aurora Borealis) used to be frozen in the rocks on the Labrador coast. One day an Eskimo soldier using his spear liberated most of the captured light. However, a portion of the light remained captured within the stone, giving off the beautiful colorful light Labradorite produces today at everyone’s delight. It is due to this legend that Labradorite is considered the stone of the Aurora Borealis.