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What is the difference between labradorite and labradorite stones?

What is the correct name for a stone: “labradorite” or “labradorite”? The opinions of needlewomen differ on this. And how many other controversies it causes! They argue about the earthly and unearthly origin of labradorite, its magical properties. Some attribute to labradorite a glory as ancient as the World, others point to its relatively recent appearance in mineralogical reference books. But there is no doubt that all the most valuable properties are ideally combined in the material. After all, the cost of labradorite beads is low, but their appearance is many times greater than their cost. In a word, the stone is worth a detailed conversation about it. Therefore, we will try to answer all the questions and find the truth in long-standing disputes.

Labradorite stone: properties, name, features

Labradorite is a mineral from the plagioclase group. The ambiguity in the correct pronunciation of the name is explained by the fact that mineralogy refers to the mineral itself as labradorite, and labradorite is a rock containing at least 60% labradorite. Contrary to the name, which indicates that the mineral belongs to the North American peninsula of the same name, labradorite stone is mined on different continents. In Russia it is found in such abundance that in some places it is used not only in the manufacture of countertops, but also for paving streets. However, such a prosaic use of the beauty stone does not diminish it at all. Labradorite tirelessly appears before admiring eyes in elite designer jewelry at prestigious jewelry exhibitions. The polished surface and smooth chips of the stone refract the rays so that the light seems to come from within. And not just light, but burning flashes that will not yield to the splendor of the northern lights. This makes us suspect Labradorite has magical properties.

Why does Labradorite moonstone shine?

It is not for nothing that mystics call Labradorite the moonstone. It was also born from magma frozen in the bowels of the earth and is one of the varieties of tulle spar. Like many feldspars (selenite or “moonstone”, also from them), this variety is endowed with a special decorative property – iridescence. But simply – a bluish glow that, with its cold tints, resembles moonlight. The labradorite rock itself, of grayish-black shades, varying degrees of transparency, is coarse-grained and rather inconspicuous, but if you turn it in the light, it will flare up. Labradorite crystals sometimes reach very impressive sizes: 1-2 meters or more. They iridescent unevenly. The glow can be continuous, or play with local spots that contrast favorably with a neutral background. Iridescent areas can form a mosaic pattern, alternate in stripes, be located in the center of the crystal or border it. The color of the glow depends on the composition of the impurities, so the abundance of calcium in the mineral turns the luminous areas golden yellow. The more iridescent areas and the more pronounced they are, the more valuable the Labradorite. Hence the colossal price discrepancy between inexpensive facing varieties of Labradorite and semi-precious ones. In nature there are huge conglomerates of gray, inconspicuous rock, where it is difficult to notice even one weak spark. And there are also completely iridescent crystals, which any jeweler would consider it a pleasure to work with. Interestingly, due to the complex color play inherent in the stone, its optical effect received a separate name – labradorescence. The reasons for this optical effect have not been fully explained by science. Among them, scientists name the heterogeneity of the structure of crystals. It is assumed that labradorite crystals are products of the breakdown of the original, more ancient minerals that were mixed during the process of secondary crystallization. The unevenness of the structure with different optical properties determines the diffusion of light. But, although science has not yet fully explained the complexity of the passage of a light beam through labradorite, the stone glows not with its own light, but with reflected light, that is, without any magic.

Labradorite, labradorite, spectrolite and other names

So, labradorite is a mineral, and labradorite is a rock that includes this mineral. Just a geological hierarchy of rocky matter. But, someone erudite will remember another name for the same gem – spectrolite. This is true, just as it is also true that only special Labradors mined in Finland are called this way. Stones that are found in other countries glow mainly with bluish reflections, less often with violet, green, red, and yellow. Only in the glow of Finnish labradorites does the play of the entire rainbow spectrum appear simultaneously, hence the spectrolite. Spectrolite, by and large, is not the name of a mineral, but a well-promoted trade brand. The rainbow stone is mined in only one place, which means it is rarer and more valuable. Which is what the Finns took advantage of. Near its deposits, prestigious jewelry schools for processing spectrolite have been organized, and products made from it, thanks to increased advertising, are in great demand. But the ancient name of the stone is much more telling. In Rus’ it was called “Taus stone”. The word came to us from the East, more precisely from Persia, where tausi is a peacock. The bright feathers from the peacock’s tail also shine with iridescent colors, which our ancestors did not fail to notice. And we will not miss the opportunity to notice that the peacock is also an old symbol. Depending on the interpretation, it can mean vanity, arrogance, narcissism or spiritual superiority, supreme power, and even immortality.

Labradorite: the meaning of the stone, Or a talisman of passing luck

Is Labrador ancient? Rare? Or is it all lies? It’s rare that you won’t find questions of this kind on any handicraft forum. It just so happened that in the case of Labrador everything was mixed up. We have already mentioned the magmatic origin of the mineral above, that is, the pebble crystallized from magmas millions of years ago. So why did it appear in geological reference books only recently? Many people logically object. It appeared when European civilization paid attention to it and began to compile its description. To be even more precise, the official acquaintance of geological thought with Labrador took place in 1770, on the same Canadian peninsula of the same name. Stories about that memorable meeting with the gem can be found in the translated works of Tatiana Zdorik, candidate of mineral sciences: “In North America, in the Eskimo camps, at the end of the 18th century, missionaries first saw this unusual stone: flashes in the black polar darkness – a crimson, green, azure glow covered the rock, dark as an Eskimo night. ” But this does not mean that before the significant meeting of Europeans with the Eskimos, the gem was unknown to anyone. Eastern merchants imported Taus stone everywhere long before its official presentation. It was no wonder to the same ancient Russian internecine princes. And when this overseas beauty was suddenly discovered in Russia, literally under our feet. This is where there were surprises. The incident, by the way, is quite remarkable for its symbolism. In 1781, labradorite was accidentally found near St. Petersburg, during the construction of the road to Peterhof. And what a coincidence! On the cut of the samples taken from that decent-sized mid-road block, the profile of Louis XVI was visible. They say that this is how the monarch shone with iridescent azure on a grayish-bronze background. Moreover, this profile was also decorated with the outline of a crown with a garnet-red outline. For that example of a Labradorite found for the first time in the Russian off-road, one European collector, without regrets, paid 250 francs at once. As usual, there was a lot of hype around the Russian Labrador. Dappers and dandies sought to acquire snuff boxes, brooches, and earrings made from it. The excitement lasted for several decades until a labradorite deposit was discovered in Ukraine, followed by another and another. In those parts, mineral-rich deposits are still to be found today. And, as a result, no one considers Labrador to be of great value: a facing material, nothing more. And yet, the pebble fell into the symbols of passing luck and this cannot be taken away from it.

Labradorite – a stone beyond man

The most popular symbolism of Labrador is associated with the mythical country of Hyperborea. Its name (ancient gr. Ὑπερβορεία) is translated “Beyond Boreas,” that is, beyond the north wind. And Labradorite, supposedly, is nothing more than the favorite stone of the Hyperboreans, born among the snow and cold from a frozen rainbow. According to Greek myths, the Hyperboreans were among the peoples especially loved by the gods. So Apollo, for example, endowed them with all kinds of artistic talents. And besides creativity, those cloudlessly happy and impeccably beautiful people had no worries. Their life was spent in feasts, music, and dancing. They left it voluntarily, throwing themselves into the depths of the sea when they were so satiated with all the joys that they became boring. If desired, they could be reborn for a new, equally happy life, and so on endlessly. The main thing is that those people had no vices. They were not overcome by evil thoughts, envy, or pride. The frozen rainbow protected from such misfortunes. Therefore, among the magical properties of Labradorite is the ability not only to impart happiness, but also to deprive of the slightest hope for happiness to everyone who is unworthy of it. It is better not for the evil, greedy, and vile to approach the gem. He will punish you immediately. Did Hyperborea exist? Scientists are still struggling to solve this mystery to this day. The myths about the sunken Atlantis and Hyperborea are in many ways related. Perhaps we are talking about the same now defunct territory, the inhabitants of which survived the Great Flood, and then themselves disappeared without a trace. However, the trace in history was repeatedly imprinted, and quite unexpectedly. The roots of the “Aryan Empire” stretch back to the same Hyperborean myths. At one time, German intellectuals were fascinated by such a hypothesis: German Kaiser Wilhelm II, philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and others. Only now, instead of happiness, those intellectual quests brought the World concentration camps and all the horrors of fascism. Among the modern continuers of the same old theories is the well-known Helena Blavatsky. In general, Labrador can also be called a symbol of a superman without a stretch. It’s up to you to interpret this symbolism as the greatest happiness or the greatest tragedy. We are sure that a good eye will not see anything but goodness and beauty in a stone. We have prepared a gift for you – a free course on creating jewelry from natural stones “Creating bracelets from A to Z” (Click on highlighted text for details) Nature Reading time 3 min Views 17.7k. For its mysterious shimmer and bright shimmer, this stone is called iris, or peacock or lynx eye. Jewelers and shamans of all stripes love it. But even sellers do not always know what the difference is between labradorite and labradorite, and whether there is one at all.

What is the difference between the stones?

Key difference: Labradorite is a mineral, while labradorite is an igneous rock.

In simple terms, rock is a mixture of different minerals. That is, in labradorite, in addition to labradorite, there are various impurities and inclusions. There are few of them, usually no more than 5–15%, but they exist.

The presence of impurities makes additional differences in the properties, appearance and cost of these stones. If labradorite is more often used for making jewelry and various crafts, then labradorite is more used as an elite finishing material (Lenin Mausoleum, Moscow Metro). The disadvantage of this rock is its poor resistance to weathering. Therefore, they try not to use it for outdoor work. Labradorite is also used for crafts, but much less frequently than the natural mineral.

How is the appearance different?

To an inexperienced buyer, it may seem that plagioclase and its “younger brother” labradorite are one and the same. Careless sellers often take advantage of this and sell the rock under the guise of a more expensive pure mineral.

Labradorite usually has a gray (sometimes almost black) or brownish color. The tint (iridation) is most often blue, but red or yellow can also be found.

In rare cases, you can find a breed with lighter shades. The largest deposits are located in the USA, Canada, Finland and Ukraine, more modest in India and Australia. When polished, the surface of labradorite is smooth, like granite, with characteristic blue highlights. Cut Labradorite looks completely different. The northern lights seem to be “hidden” inside it (photo below). It is impossible to fake such shimmer and shimmer. The photo below shows several labradorites with inclusions of bright labradorite (marked with arrows). In comparison, pure Labradorite, which has virtually no impurities, will have a rich hue. It’s as if the northern lights are hidden in it, which creates beautiful shimmers inside the mineral. Depending on the optical properties, three types of plagioclase are distinguished:

  • spectrolites – minerals that shimmer with all the colors of the rainbow. This is the most expensive type of iris, it is mined exclusively in Finland;

  • black moon rocks – usually have a very dark color with blue or light blue iridescence;

  • sun stones — have a golden iridescence and are mined mainly in the USA.

In some cases, ox stone (violet labradorite) and lynx eye (green iridescence) are distinguished separately, but these minerals belong to varieties of spectrolite.

Why are they confused?

The confusion in terms occurred for three reasons:

  • in some languages, labradorite is called labradorite, so errors occur during translation;
  • mining occurs predominantly in the same regions;
  • More than 90% of the rock is still pure mineral. Externally the stones are similar. Therefore, people far from this area often do not see the difference.

It is worth noting that professionals (jewelers, gemologists) can easily distinguish natural Labradorite from fakes.

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