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Black Labradorite Stone: Identification, Uses, and Meaning
Black labradorite is a specific type of labradorite that is especially rare and unique.Despite its charcoal color, it still displays the characteristic ‘labradorescence’ of traditional labradorite.Because of its value, you want to ensure that your labradorite is genuine. Labradorite is typically found in igneous rock formations, often withinbasaltandgabbro. It has a fairly simple chemical makeup of feldspar mineral that is rich in calcium.This is what creates the famous ‘labradorescence’, a rather breathtaking optical rainbow affectation. As light is shone through it, the crystalline structure acts almost like a prism, creating a holographic light display within the stone. It doesn’t reflect color off the surface of the stone, like most other crystals; instead, the color comes from within.However, there are some labradorite stones that don’t have a great labradorescence, so it can be a bit of a gamble when buying raw material.
Labradorite comes in many colors, and black labradorite is rarer than most. It still has the labradorescence, but, instead of showing a wide range of colors, it is various shades of dark grey and charcoal as a background, dappled with usually bright blue, pink, or, rarely, purple. It almost always has the silver sheen classic of labradorite stones and can be purchased raw, tumbled, or polished.Where Is Black Labradorite Found? Labradorite was first discovered in Labrador, Canada, which is where it got its name. Since then, it has mainly also been found in Finland and Siberia but there are very few occurrences of it being found anywhere else. Actually, Finland and Siberia are the home of the most valuable and stunning kind of labradorite, called spectrolite. This is the highest-grade kind of labradorite because it has some of the most intense colors of any labradorite stone. It is usually deep red or purple atop a black background, making the colors seem even brighter.