Monday, April 16, 2012

MONDAY’S MUSINGS: Nuances Of Labradorite

I love nuances. The subtle layers of meanings or even alternate meanings of things. Like Labradorite.


Is that a dog or something? 

Oops, wrong visual.

It falls into a something category. It’s a gemstone. An unusual one. 

Once upon a time, as legend has it, a northern hunter was stalking game on St. Paul Island, when he came upon a stone and earth bank. In it was a multitude of dazzling colors. He stabbed it with his spear and was amazed at the flow of beautiful colors escaping from the dull bank. Try as he might, he couldn’t release all the colors and that made him sad. Still, he rejoiced for those brilliant colors that did escape. The colors were grateful and forever more show their gratitude by decorating the night sky with radiant displays of color. 
And that, my friends, is the tale of how we got the aurora borealis.
Joshua Strang

And Labradorite.

Labradorite in the rough.

Labradorite is a spectrum or or translucent feldspar and falls into the category of what is known as iridescent gemstones. It means a gem displaying rainbow-like colors. The iridescence is caused by the reflection of light from the gem. Opals are and iridescent stone. Mother of Pearl is another example of iridescence.

Finnish Spectrolite
Another name for Labradorite is Spectrolite. The Finnish have dibs on the most brilliant and sought after forms of Labradorite. The gem takes its name from where it was found in the 1700s in Labrador. But it can be found in India, Madagascar, Newfoundland, and Russia.

Why am I interested in Labradorite?

Because it is also thought to be a stone of power (just as last week’s Heliotrope was), which is of particular interest to me for a series of stories I’m writing. It just so happens one of my main characters wears a pair of favorite earrings and they’re made from Labradorite.

didn't even realize she wore earrings and I’m writing the story (Don't you just love it when characters do that to you?). I happen to take a nap and in that between state of sleep and awake, I saw her with a pair of earrings and knew her mother gave them to her. I went searching through my research and bingo! There they were. Funny how things work out, isn’t it? And it made me chuckle when I realized another facet of mystical meaning for Labradorite. 

It’s called a stone of destiny.

Labradorite is supposed to allow you to see through illusions and determine the actual form of your dreams. Its power gives the holder perseverance, strength, and enhanced intuition when experiencing conflict and change. 

I love it when research plays out.

Gemstones come with many layers of meaning beyond the obvious and Labradorite is no different. Now you know some of the mystical nuances of the stone beyond what it is and where it's found. J   


welcome to my world of poetry said...

I always find it a pleasure to visit your blog. most interesting and pics are great.


Jo said...

Never even heard of this before Sia, its quite lovely. Great blog.

Susan Roebuck said...

Mmm..nice afternoon tea. I'd love to see the aurora borealis some day but I'm too far south. You know I'm sure I saw a labradorite the other day and, when I asked, someone said it was an opal. I knew it wasn' I know!! Thank you. It sounds just the right stone for me too.

Kat Sheridan said...

Oh, what a lovely stone! And such a wonderful meaning! And how lovely that your heroine told you about them!

Anonymous said...

I like the way you forged a connection between the aurora borealis and labradorite. Nature's colors still have the power to amaze. And even better that you've found a way to bring these elements into your fiction.

Bob Scotney said...

Your picture of the tea table and to a lesser extent the Labrador nearly threw me as I knew what labradorite was from my days at University studying geology. I hadn't of the hunter story and aurora connection before.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Bob, I usually have some sort of coffee or tea drink as an opening picture--Over Coffee and it fits.

I was in a bit of a mood when I wrote it so you got the benefit of my sense of humor.

The hunter legend is real and there are some differing versions around it--a spear in one, he's an Eskimo, he used a club or arrows.

But I love the stone.

Thanks for stopping by!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Never heard of that stone, but it does have nice colors!

~Sia McKye~ said...

James, thank you. I like the connection between the rough dull beginnings of Labradorite and the finished product. When you see the the pieces in the rough and then see what they look like once they're freed it's a amazing--as is the bright colors of the aurora borealis against a stark landscape and winter sky.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Kat, I never think of jewelry when I start writing. Every once in a while my characters will insist and there is usually a reason for the jewelry.

Empty Nest Insider said...

Beautiful stone and I love the meaning behind it! Thanks for following me and I hope to see more of you! Julie

Anonymous said...

a good touch to add stones that have some essence to them

Johanna Garth said...

I love how much I'm learning about unusual gemstones from your blog!

Debra Harris-Johnson said...

I love your blog and your posts. Very creative and I love that emstone. Is that your husband on the side bar????
Thanks for visiting me today. I'll be back

Tonya Kappes said...

I'm loving your research posts!! So fascinating!

Anonymous said...

I could use some labradorite as I've been having some funky dreams lately.

Talli Roland said...

Interesting! I've never heard of Labradorite -- I did think it was a word you were making up to do with dogs! :)

Hart Johnson said...

Oh, it's beautiful! I love the irridescent stones, but that blue it is really amazing. Love that it fits your story so well! I like that interpreting dreams angle, too...

Scarlett said...

*A stone of destiny*! I like it!

Beautiful pictures, Sia. And yes, so cool, when your research comes together in a moment least expected!

I've never heard of Labradorite. It is stunning, even in its unpolished form.

Rosalind Adam said...

I love stones with that kind of translucence but then I love the look of that dog too!

Cherie Reich said...

Wow! Such great information. And that necklace with the labradorite and sun is awesome.

~Sia McKye~ said...

JOHANNA, I love discovering all sorts of tidbits and gemstones are fascinating.

DEBRA, alas, it's not.Thank you for the compliments on my blog. I've worked hard to make it special.

TONYA, are we always researching something? I've enjoyed yours as well.

STEVE-funky usually means you have another story brewing, doesn't it?

TALLI-to be honest, I hadn't heard of it before, either. I had fun with the opening of the article, because I figured some would. :-)

HART-I love opals but only the ones with real fire to them.

SCARLETT-Yep, it just jumped out at me.

ROSALIND-I couldn't resist the dog.

CHERIE-I love that pendant!

Thank you all for stopping by!