Ring with labradorite cabochon
in sterling silver...showing labradorescence
What color is it?: Generally a brownish color but the blue flash of labradorescence is the reason for the excitement about this very special gemstone.
What is the story behind this gemstone?: This is the only gemstone in the world that shows true labradorescence. Somewhat close to adularescence of moonstone but with a much prettier blue color.
Can I wear it everyday?: Yes. Very long wearing gemstone.
Is it expensive?: No. In fact there is a lot of this material on the market right now at very low prices.
Is it a birthstone?: No.
What do I need to know before going shopping?: The most important point is how nice the blue sheen colors look. This will determine that price of the stone. Look at several stones before you decide on your purchase to be sure you are getting the best available.
Rough labradorite showing blue labradorescence
Source: Northeastern Canada is the finest source.
Chemical: Na(AlSi3O8)Ca(Al2Si2O8) (member of the feldspar family)
Formation: Igneous rocks most often
Crystal System: Triclinic
Unusual Properties: Labradorescence
Rare faceted transparent labradorite of 3.22 carats from Nova Scotia
RI: 1.56 - 1.568
Optic Character: B+
Specific Gravity: 2.70
Hardness: 6 1/2
Special Identifying Properties and Tests: Only stone to offer labradorescence
Imitations: None that are convincing to the trained eye.
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