Friday, August 30, 2013

Labradorite: The “Northern Lights” Gemstone

Decors Factors and Suggestions - Labradorite’s mossy and gentle grey-green color adds a peaceful feeling to your home or office. The delicate web of lines and varied sections of rich colors gives it its own striking tapestry effect. Labradorite looks wonderful placed on a wooden coffee table or bookshelf, adding a gleaming attribute to the nature based setting. The simple, yet elegant qualities of labradorite would also complement natural fiber fabrics, adding a captivating quality to your décor.


The beautiful, calm colors of the labradorite may remind one of water flowing serenely over rocks in a quaint mountain stream. While sometimes used in slabs for kitchen counter tops, it better lends itself to the subtle shapes of carved pieces like our bookends, leaves and hearts.

Home Décor Featuring a Fascinating Story

Legend and Lore - According to Eskimo legend, the Northern Lights were once imprisoned in the stone. It is told that a nomadic Eskimo fighter found labradorite and was able to free most of the lights with a swift stab by his spear. Labradorite, when placed in areas with strong natural light, or low light, captures the eye of people in the room. When this fascinating mineral is displayed in oblique light, which compliments the mineral the best, one can see electric blue, green, yellow and soft lavender highlights, reminiscent of the Northern Lights.

The Northern Light Effect Explained - Labradorite’s electric blue light is known as “Labradorescence.” Labradorescence is a side-effect of a molecular change, which creates a play of colors. This play of colors is made possible by the thin, adjacent layers of separate materials, known as lamellar ingrowths. Once you see the play of light and depth of color, you’re naturally drawn to this mineral.

The Science of Labradorite Creation - Labradorite is considered a type of feldspar, a mineral that originates from volcanic magma. Labradorite is an important constituent of some ingenuous and metamorphic rocks.

Revealed by Man - Labradorite was discovered in the coastal region of Labrador, Canada. Labradorite is also found in Norway, Madagascar, and the United States. Labradorite is often hand carved into pleasing shapes and polished to best show off its fascinating color show.

Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone

We invite you to view our current offerings of labradorite and many other fascinating natural art pieces in our Touchstone Galleries in Santa Fe (127 W. San Francisco St.), Scottsdale (4168 N. Marshall Way), Sedona (320 N. State Route 89A) and Taos (110 S. Plaza), or online at