Labradorite is very rare in mass-merchant jewelry. This gorgeous gem is most often used by designers who create unique pieces of jewelry, like Jennifer Reeves. Labradorite is highly prized because of its wondrous iridescent properties, which often appear as blue and green metallic tints. The iridescence can also appear as red, orange, and yellow. This effect is so strong and so unique to Labradorite that it has been officially termed as “labradorescence.”
Labradorite was named for Labrador, Canada, which is where the gem was first discovered in 1770. Other places where Labradorite can be found are Finland, Norway, Madagascar, and Australia.
There are many legends surrounding Labradorites, particularly from the Inuit people. Inuit legends state that the Northern Lights shone down on the coast of Labrador and were captured in these colorful gems. A similar Inuit legend claims that the first Labradorite fell from the Northern Lights from the fire of their ancestors. Yet another Inuit legend says that a brave warrior struck a Labradorite with his spear and created the Northern Lights.
In ancient traditions, Labradorite was thought to be a talismanic gem of winter. In Oriental culture, the Labradorite was considered to be a “phenomenal” gem, or a gem that has a moving line or star, or changes with the light. This “phenomenal” gem was supposed to be worn on Saturdays and supposedly brought good fortune to the wearer.
Jennifer’s Labradorite jewelry, like “Milky Way Journey,” captures the ethereal beauty of the gems and enhance the beauty of the wearer. We invite you to browse Jennifer Reeves Designs and to call us at 708-717-5942 with any comments or inquiries.