Hardness: 6-6.5 Mohs
Enhancement Code: Natural
Standard: Semi transparent light to medium grey background; flashes of blue; medium dome
Care: Rated “fair” for everyday wear with care. Avoid exposure to heat, contact with chemicals, and protect from scratches and harsh blows. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water, or clean in an at-home ultrasonic unit.
Major Sources: Australia, Brazil, Europe
This shimmering beauty has been treasured in Labrador in northern Canada for centuries by the native Inuit. Because of its iridescent play of colours on a dark background, they often said that the Northern Lights originated in this wondrous gemstone.
A type of feldspar, labradorite is now known from sources ranging from Canada to Finland and Tibet. The luminescent colours displayed in the stone are so unusual that a unique name, “labradorescence,” has been created to describe this dazzling phenomenon.