Spectrolite gemstone and labradorite stone meaning

Spectrolite gemstone and labradorite stone meaning

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Spectrolite is an uncommon variety of labradorite feldspar

A richer range of colors than labradorite (that shows only tones of blue-grey-green) and high labradorescence. It was initially a brand name for material mined in Finland, but is sometimes incorrectly used to describe labradorite whenever a richer display of colors is present, regardless of locality: for example, labradorite with the same play of colors has also reported from Madagascar.

The difference between finnish spectrolite gemstone and other labradorites is that crystals of the former have considerably stronger colourfulness than other labradorites, caused by the black base color of feldspar; other labradorites have mostly a transparent base color. This stone is often cut as a lapidary cabochon, similar to plain labradorite, to enhance the effect and is used as a gemstone.

Sample from Finland


Finnish geologist Aarne Laitakari (1890–1975) had described the peculiar stone and sought its origin for years when his son Pekka discovered a deposit at Ylämaa in south-eastern Finland while building the Salpa Line fortifications there in 1940. The Finnish stone exhibits a uniquely vivid iridescence and a full spectrum of colors, hence the name of this gemstone was coined by the elder Laitakari.

After the Second World War has become a significant local industry. In 1973 the first workshop in Ylämaa began cutting and polishing for jewels.

A hardness of 6 to 6.5 on the Mohs scale and a specific gravity of 2.69 – 2.72.

A very high grade of dark based kabradorite is found only in Finland. The name “Spectrolite” is a trade name given to this material by the Finns, and only this material can truly be called this name.

Spectrolite labradorite meaning and healing properties benefits

The following section is pseudo scientific and based on cultural beliefs.

Excellent for strengthening intuition-promoting psychic abilities. Powerful in revealing the truth behind illusions, The stone banishes fears and insecurities, and strengthens faith in the self and trust in the universe.

The astrological signs is Scorpio, Sagittarius and Leo. Associated with the winter season, and the January moon (Wolf moon).
Chakras – Base chakra
Zodiac – Leo, Scorpio, Sagittarius
Planet – Uranus

Spectrolite stone under microscope


Is spectrolite the same as labradorite?

It is a form of labradorite only found in Finland. The name “spectrolite” is actually a brand name, or gemological name, of labradorites mined there. Both stones have dark base colors, but labradorite’s base is more transparent and spectrolite’s is more opaque.

What type of stone is spectrolite?

The stone quarried from the rugged bedrock of Ylämaa in the South East of Finland is a Finnish gemstone which meets the three basic requirements: beauty, hardness and rarity. The gemstone is a labradorite feldspar, a member of the albite-anorthite series with approximately 55% anorthite.

What chakra is labradorite associated with?

Labradorite radiates a predominant blue crystal energy that stimulates the throat chakra, the voice of the body. It is, in essence, a pressure valve that allows the energy from the other chakras to be expressed.

What is spectrolite crystal used for?

Use crystal to hold the energy of leadership, courage, transformation, breakthrough and creativity. The energy emits a constant reminder to recognize and fulfill your potential. There is a rainbow of possibilities hidden within you.

What does spectrolite look like?

The crystal exhibits a richer range of colors than other labradorites as for instance in Canada or Madagascar (which show mostly tones of blue-grey-green) and high labradorescence. The term is sometimes incorrectly used to describe labradorite whenever a richer display of colors is present, regardless of locality.

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