While purchasing gemstones to make jewelry, the grey to black gemstone, called labradorite, interspersed with black needle-like lines, was fascinating.
According to an Eskimo legend, along the coast of Labrador northern lights were once imprisoned in the rocks. One night, a wandering Eskimo warrior found them and with a mighty blow of this spear, was able to free most of the lights. Some of the lights were still trapped within the stone, making the needle-like imagery and allowing almost an iridescent play of colors. As a result we now have the beautiful mineral known as labradorite.
In reality, labradorite was originally discovered in St. Paul Island, Labrador, Canada in 1770 but is also found in Australia, Finland, India, Madagascar, Mexico, Newfoundland, Norway, Russia and the United States. It is known as spectrolite and often called black moonstone. The Eskimo legend sounds much more interesting, a little folklore always lures the reader in with visions of a cold night, warm furs bundling up the warrior.
Originally chosen for its beauty and dark hues, with a little research we learn that labradorite also increases energy, reduces stress and anxiety, and is said to protect its wearer from danger. However, when reading about its aiding in anti-aging, and providing its wearer with a healthy body and good fortune, well —one can totally rethink its medicinal qualities! Why not look good while wearing stylish jewelry?
Here are a few designs using labradorite that can be found at Alef Bet Jewelry.