Labradorite: The Legend of Northern Lights in a Gem
Posted on August 28 2016
The Aurora Borealis is one of the most spectacular sights on Earth. It paints an ethereal wash of blue to green and orange to purple lights. And if you’re lucky enough, you’ll see the entire color spectrum dancing beneath your head. What more if you can hold it in your hand or better yet, wear it? Labradorite gem lets you exhibit the majesty of the Northern Lights. More than a gemstone, it’s a force to be reckoned with. Labradorite is as mystical as the Aurora Borealis itself and its origin dates far beyond our time.
The Eskimo Inuit and the Native American Innu of Labrador, Canada tell a legend about the true origin of Labradorite. It is said in the ancient times that the Aurora Borealis is entombed within the rocks on the shoreline of Labrador. When an Inuit warrior found it, he tried to release it with a spear. But he wasn’t able to free all of them. And that’s the play of lights or labradorescence we see now see in Labradorite gems.
Another legend claims that a mighty being stroke the rocks to travel to the sky, while in Norse mythology, the Northern Lights were created by gods and were meant to be freed to be a bridge to the heavens. It was called the "phenomenal gem" to be worn on Saturdays in Oriental culture. There’s also a myth that the lights inside Labradorite are aliens or evolved beings trying to connect to us.
Labradorite was first found by Morovian missionaries in the Isle of Paul, near Nain Labrador, Canada in 1770. Thus, the gem was named as such. Although, before its worldwide discovery, it was said to be used by older Inuit tribes as the “Fire Rock” which they power to cure sickness. Golden Labradorite, a champagne-color variety; and Spectrolite, the only kind exhibiting the whole color spectrum, found in Finland in 1940, are rare makeups of Labradorite.
The gem has dominated Europe in the 18th century and was widely used in jewelry in England and France. Labradorite was also used for glass production, ceramics, and road building. Each gem is truly unique and no two stones are ever alike which makes it even rarer and more appealing in the jewelry trade.
Labradorite Jewelry Today
Labradorite was embraced by the world ever since it was introduced to us in the 17th century. Its powerful energies arising many, great uses made it one of the most notable minerals in the world. Jewelry designers and enthusiasts are fascinated at how a dull stone can turn into a whimsical piece when touched by light. This makes Labradorite a steady reminder of the wonders of Earth.
Within its glistering surface are healing, protective, and awakening energies that justifies its bond with the great Aurora Borealis in the sky. Wearing a Labradorite jewelry is not only seeing the Northern Lights in a gem, it’s hearing, feeling, and experiencing it that makes the legends come alive.