Labradorite is a unique and unusual mineral. A member of the Feldspar mineral group, it is particularly known for its ability to reflect a striking iridescent display of varying colors, including blue, yellow, orange, dark reds and occasional green. Caused by internal fractures reflecting and refracting light into this spectrum of colors, this effect, known as labradorescence, is what gives this amazing mineral its appeal and popularity. Specimens are typically polished or sliced to fully enhance this effect. Generally a dull, light to dark gray mineral until this glowing effect on the surface is displayed – then it’s a must have!
The crystal system for Labradorite is triclinic, rarely forming crystals but commonly occurring as massive.
Labradorite is found throughout the world. Notable localities include Australia, Canada, Finland, Madagascar, Ukraine and the USA (New York).