Intoxicating Labradorite

Labradorite is a semi-precious gemstone prized for its iridescence and array of colors. This quick read explains what labradorite is, why it's special, and how to care for labradorite jewelry:

What is Labradorite?

 

Labradorite is a calcium-rich feldspar mineral that has an iridescent effect called labradorescence when light hits it from a certain angle. It takes on many colors, including blue, green, red, gray, purple, and yellow. 

 Labradorite dangling drop statement earringsSundara Joon

Labradorite is mostly found in igneous rocks and was first identified in Labrador, Canada, (hence the name) but it can also be found in other places around the world, such as Madagascar, Ukraine, Australia, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Finland, China, and the United States. 

Shimmering ovals labradorite earrings with hoops - Sundara Joon 

Labradorite has been used in jewelry since the 18th century (making it one of the youngest recognized gemstones), and some say it has many mystical and healing properties. Some claim:

Labradorite is a stone of transformation that can help people through life changes by giving them strength and perseverance. It can also help people initiate positive change in their lives by getting in touch with their intuition and recognizing their hopes and dreams.

  • Labradorite is a highly protective stone that can deflect unwanted energies and psychic debris and bring balance and harmony.
  • Labradorite enhances intuition and promotes spiritual growth, and can help people access their creative potential and establish a connection with higher consciousness.

Further, it is thought that wearing labradorite on your right hand will amplify its manifesting and protective qualities.

 

How to Care for Labradorite Jewelry:

To keep your labradorite jewelry looking beautiful, follow these care tips:

Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Labradorite is susceptible to damage from harsh chemicals found in household cleaners, perfumes, and cosmetics. Remove your jewelry before applying lotions, hairsprays, or perfumes, and avoid contact with household cleaners or chlorine bleach.

Clean Gently: To clean labradorite jewelry, use a soft, damp cloth or a mild soap solution. Do not soak in water as that can damage the crystal.

Protect from Impact: Store your labradorite jewelry separately from harder gemstones to prevent scratching. A soft pouch or jewelry box works great.

Store Properly: When not wearing your labradorite jewelry, store it in a soft pouch or jewelry box to protect it from scratches and dust. Avoid storing it in direct sunlight or extreme temperatures, as prolonged exposure can cause fading or discoloration.

Recharge: Some believe that lapis lazuli benefits from periodic exposure to natural light or moonlight to recharge its energy.

 

By following these care tips, you can ensure that your labradorite jewelry remains beautiful and well-preserved for years to come.

 

Our artist friends here at Sundara Joon have been hard at work making some beautiful pieces incorporating this special stone. Check their labradorite jewelry out for yourself.

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