Introduction to Rainbow Moonstone (White Labradorite)

What is Rainbow Moonstone?

Perhaps one of the most confusing gems out there. For decades, this incredibly popular gem was known under the name Rainbow Moonstone and believed to be a moonstone as a result. But this gem is actually a white labradorite; a member of the feldspar species of minerals.

Rainbow Moonstone necklace

Labradorite is part of the feldspar species of minerals, which forms approximately 50% of the earth’s crust. It has a distinctive greenish-blue gleam known as ‘labradorescence’ and this effect plays an important role in the value of the stone.
925 Silver Necklace with five labradorites
What colour(s) does labradorite have?
  • The most common colour of labradorite is the greyish-blue variety of the gem that you will find quite regularly in our jewelry pieces.
  • Labradorite also has another variety known as white labradorite or within the jewelry trade as 'rainbow moonstone' despite not being a moonstone. This is purely for historical reasons.
  • There is a third variety known as spectrolite. There is much debate of whether this name should be given to specimens from Finland or whether it's for labradorites that show a unique play of colours (or more specifically, a specimen that shows all the varieties of labradorescence). These may range from green to blue passing by orange and brown.

What is the origin of the name?

Many claim labradorite to originate in Canada, which has produced some stunning specimens of Labradorite with mesmerising labradorescence. The name is derived from Labrador; a region within Newfoundland in Canada.
Banff, Canada Labradorite

Source: Cam Adams on Unsplash

 

What is its symbolism?

Rainbow moonstone is very popular in the yoga and meditation community as a symbol of the 'New Moon'. It believed to be a time of reflection and inner regeneration.

To which Chakra is labradorite associated?
According to the yoga and meditation communities, the solar plexus (Third chakra) and labradorite are believed to be linked. Indeed, the gem is thought to assist in opening and balancing the third chakra, which is responsible for inner energy, dignity and self-esteem.

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