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Labradorite (Feldspar Family)

The iridescent property of laboradite, as shown here, results from light diffracting off closely spaced layers of calcium and sodium-rich feldspar. As the stone is turned, flashes of blue, green, yellow, and red are visible across properly oriented surfaces. The highest quality laboradite is generally cut as cabochons or used for carvings, as seen here. The most important sources of laboradite are Laborador (for which the mineral is named), Finland, and Madagascar.

Image Number: 95-40194
Catalog Number: G1750
Purchased from Tiffany & Co. , 1888
Locality: Labrador , Canada


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