No, weirdly nothing to do with labradors, this is actually a translucent feldspar (aka cool-looking gemstone) which originates from the Labrador region of Canada, but variations are found in Finland and Madagascar - and even in some meteorites too. Check it out:
Raw properties of Labradorite
With its shimmering array of colours, Labradorite has traditionally symbolised fantasy and creativity.
According to an Eskimo legend, the Northern Lights were once imprisoned in the rocks along the coast of Labrador. It is told that a wandering Eskimo warrior found them and was able to free most of the lights with a mighty blow of his spear. Some of the lights were still trapped within the stone, and VOILA = Labradorite!
Labradorite is said to provide quick relief from anxiety, hopelessness and depression, replacing them with enthusiasm, self-confidence and inspiration. It is said to dispel negativity and to bring clear understanding by enhancing clarity of thought and improving one's ability to cooperate with others in harmony.
So far so good, but this bit get a little freeekay:
A sister to moonstone, labradorite links to the "darker" Crone aspects of the Goddess, and grants inner knowing of mystery. It enhances intuition and psychic perception; just like the cord-cutting Crone, it helps the bearer to release judgment, and understand their destiny.
But look how pretty it is!
I actually first became aware of Labradorite when I spotted this Vivienne Westwood beauty on Hervia:
I was all like, whaaaa IS THAT STONE?! Pretty, no? Sadly it's more than a little out of my price range, but when I was trawling through Net a Porter looking for one of my last treats from my win, I spotted this Monica Vinader small nugget silver and Labradorite ring and snaffled it up toot sweet:
Gorgeous, right? It's actually a much warmer sort of smoky colour in real life, but the way it reflects light is just stunning. I want MORE!
I yet again took to Etsy and did a generic search. Look at what treasures I found:
Huge raw Labradorite teardrop ring. Yes please!
Faceted Labradorite teardrop pendant on gold chain.
Gorgeous orb pendant - does anyone else think the second shot looks like a wee mini universe or star nebula?