Originally discovered in 1770 on the Labrador Peninsula in eastern Canada, labradorite deposits have also been found in Australia, Finland, India, Madagascar, Mexico and in the U.S. Spectrolite, a variety of labradorite displaying intense reds, oranges and yellows as well as blues and greens, can only be obtained from Finland.
Labradorite’s metallic luster, also known as “schiller,” can be observed when light hits the stone at an angle. The presence of fine platelets of various materials and tiny additions of limenite, rutile and magnetite produces this glorious diffusion of light.
Malagasy labradorite features a dark, smoky gray base color until light strikes the stone to reveal its beautiful rainbow-colored reflection. This variety of labradorite can only be found in a small number of places around the world, one being from the Malagasy region of Madagascar. These gemstones are in their natural state, and no treatment or additional enhancement has been applied to them.