Releasing the Northern Lights

According to a legend of the Inuit people of northern Canada, a warrior once discovered the Aurora Borealis trapped inside of stones along the coastline of Labrador. He tried to free the colorful lights from the rocks with a spear but was not able to release them all, so many of the magical stones still remain to this day.

The rainbow of colors – most commonly blues, golds, and aquas – that glimmer from inside of what is now called labradorite make it instantly recognizable. When light appears to originate from inside of a stone it’s called schiller. When that light is a bright rainbow of colors, it’s called labradorescence. The crystal structure of labradorite is layered or twinned, and as light enters the stone, the different layers reflect different colors.

This play of color is almost hypnotizing, as it can be seen from one angle but not another. Lucky for you, there are currently four labradorite necklaces on my website, each with a distinct labradorescence.