Labradorite is such an exotic gemstone, not only for its unique coloring and sheen but because it is not used that often and is only found in a few places around the world. Labradorite is a feldspar mineral that is found in primarily igneous rocks like basalt or norite and is most abundant in anorthosite. The mineral's iridescent properties allow for stones in a spectrum of blues, greens, reds, yellows, and oranges. The colors are created by reflecting light through the stone and the resulting color actually comes from the color of light that it is reflecting.
The mineral is named after its origins in the Isle of Paul in Labrador, Canada and was first discovered in 1770 by a missionary. Aside from Labrador, the mineral can be found with great Labradorescence (what its unique iridescence and coloring is referred to) in areas of Finland, Madagascar, Russia, and India.
Labradorite is rarely used in mass-produced pieces of jewelry because most pieces of the mineral do not actually exhibit the desirable properties that make it so fascinating, therefore it hard to come across jewelry quality stones without going to very specific source areas. Since it takes much more effort to source it is more worthwhile to use as an interesting stone in more small-scale or custom jewelry work. This is why we love to include it in many of our collections as a stone option, it is truly unique and makes not only a statement but a conversation starter. It is shiny yet subtle and colorful yet neutral and works perfectly with our sterling silver outfitting.
KIR Collection Signature Pendant in Labradorite