If you are trying to find the perfect piece of jewelry for a special someone, you might want to find something that is really unique and not like anything that lots of other people have. One option is to go with something made out of labradorite. You may not have heard of labradorite, which might make it hard for you to decide to use it. So, what is labradorite?
This stone is actually a feldspar mineral. It's named after the place where it was originally found: Paul Island in Labrador, Canada. The way that labradorite shines and reflects colors is so unique to the stone that it has its own name for it, labradorescence.
Labradorescence happens when light enters the stone. That light hits a twinning surface in the stone and bounces back. When it bounces back, it reflects the color of the twinning surface. Most labradorite has more than one twinning surface in the stone, so it will reflect back a number of colors. In fact, one twinning surface may reflect back different colors at different points. A twinning surface happens when two crystal lattices share parts of their lattices with each other. The crystals may each have different color makeups, which is what causes the different colors along one surface. Most labradorite stones do show labradorescence; however, there are some that don't. Those stones may have a nice color when polished, or they may display a sheen when the stone is rotated around, which can still make them attractive and desirable in jewelry.
Labradorite is found as a semi-precious gemstone in jewelry. The stone itself is found in white, gray, or clear colors, and when it is polished, the color of the stone comes out well and it's possible to see some of the twinning surfaces in the stone, generally as lines. Polishing also brings out the unique iridescence that is labradorescence. Labradorite can be found in any kind of jewelry, but you might only want to use it as a special use piece or one that you don't wear daily. It is soft enough that it could pick up some scratches, which could damage the overall appearance of the piece of jewelry.
If you want to buy something special for a loved one, you might want to consider a piece of labradorite jewelry. It is something unique and beautiful and something that can create a special memory.