Gemstones which display special effects and have striking optical effects are said to be phenomenal. And Labradorite is so phenomenal, that the special effect is named after the stone itself! Labradorite, usually shows a single, bright color that flashes across a broad area of the stone and disappears when you move the stone.
These blue flashes are called labradorescence, and are caused due to the light interacting with thin layers in the stone.
A variety of feldspar, this gem was first discovered in Labrador, Canada, which is how it got its name.
Mostly cut in cabochon, these gems are most commonly used in pendants, for their stunning color flashes.
Occurence: Australia, Canada, Finland, Madagascar
Zodiac Affinity: These are powerful gemstones known for balancing mind & spirit, protection against negativity and for cleansing and healing the aura. Associated with the throat chakra, it helps with hearing, speech and self-expression.
Disclaimer Note: Healing or spiritual properties of gemstones listed here are not a substitute for professional medical care.Source: GIA Essential Colored Stone Reference Guide