Posted by Leah Alden Jaswal on 8/24/2012 to Students
In the ancient world, many stone were considered as valuable as gold. The deeper you delve into stones, the more lore you can uncover. You will also find contrasting and even conflicting beliefs. There is really no single definitive power, symbolism, or quality for any type of stone.
One of the stones that we carry is Labradorite. Labradorite is a Plagioclase Feldspar. Which is typically gray/green to black in color,it often reveals its iridescent displays in either violet, blue, green, gold, orange, yellow or red color, or a combination of these, the iridescent schiller effect. This effect is called "labradorescence."
This stone was first discovered in 1770 on St. Paul Island, Labrador, Canada. Labradorite was named after this area. In the Myths of some of the Eskimo tribes, Labradorite is believed to have fallen from the Aurora Borealis (the Northern Lights). The Northern Lights were once trapped in rocks along the coast of Labrador. One Day, one of the ancestors struck a rock with his spear. The rock broke and many off the lights were set free, flying out into the sky- But some of the lights remained trapped in the stone. These stones were connected to ancient magical practices by many from that region. The native inhabitants of Labrador called the mineral "fire rock" or "firestone."
Spectrolite, the most valued type of Labradorite, comes from Finland. People there often buried pieces of Labradorite in their fields as an offering to the spirits of the land. There are artifacts found in Maine, dating to around the year 1000, that show the use of Labradorite by the Algonquin tribe. Labradorite has also been called "Black Moonstone".
Another story involving Labradorite says that those who are attracted to this stone have their ancestral roots in the lost city of Atlantis!
For athletes ( and procrastinators), Labradorite is said to help stimulate physical activity, and 'kick start' the energy needed necessary to get into action.
Labradorite is also linked to creativity.It helps to combine intellectual thought with intuitive wisdom, enhancing discernment in all situations. This gemstone also inspires you to come up with original ideas and aids in finding solutions to problems.
We carry both round and oval Labradorite cabachons in several sizes to enable you to enrich your peices with the beauty of the Aurora Borealis!
Check back next week for Part II of Seattle Findings Stone Lore!