This blue, iridescent gemstone belongs to the family of feldspar minerals and owes its name to the Canadian island of Labrador, where labradorite was discovered in the 18th century. Other deposits are in Finland, Australia, the USA and Madagascar. The labradorite used by Bernd Wolf is from Zambia.
Labradorite is characterized by a captivating, vibrant interplay of colors. As a result of light reflection and absorption – depending on the beholder’s angle of view and the angle of the incident light – labradorite displays a veritable “fireworks” of colors, which is enhanced by inclusions of other minerals, such as titanite and magnesite. This phenomenon in called shiller effect or labradorescence.
Labradorite is said to inspire the wearers’ imagination and boost their creativity. It is also believed to stimulate our intuition, strengthen our memory and alleviate joint pains.