THE GEMSTONE LABRADORITE



Labradorite is an important feldspar gemstone. It often displays a beautiful iridescent play of colors, which can move as the stone is rotated. Labradorite gemstones usually have a dark base color with metallic-looking color plays of blue, green, yellow, and red. This iridescent effect is commonly known as labradorescence, and is named after this stone. It is caused by internal fractures that reflect light back and forth, dispersing it into different colors.




Agate

Alexandrite

Almandine

Amazonite

Amber

Amethyst

Ametrine

Andalusite

Andesine

Andradite

Aquamarine

Aventurine

Benitoite

Beryl

Bloodstone

Carnelian

Cat's Eye

Chalcedony

Chrysoberyl

Chrysocolla

Chrysoprase

Citrine

Copper

Coral

Danburite

Diamond

Diaspore

Diopside

Dumortierite

Emerald

Fluorite

Garnet

Gold

Golden Beryl

Goshenite

Grossular

Hiddenite

Iolite

Jade

Jasper

Kunzite

Kyanite

Labradorite

Lapis Lazuli

Larimar



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