03-06. Labradorite

03-06. Labradorite #2.

The original Labradorite atom formation falling from the Aurora Borealis sky!

New, unplanned for, challenge this week. There is such an array of colors between the mineral and the Northern night sky, this is one of these instances where Nature outdo the more garish Hollywood neon set a designer could dream of.  Color really do affect perception. How to go around it and stay focused? – that’s what I try to do this week.

From a database resource by Wenk, Joswig, Tagai, Korekawa & Smith.



03-05. Labradorite #1.

I will be exploring the structure of labradorites for this first week of March.

The labradorite is a greenish, blue, yellow, crystal, part of the Feldspar group – a group of minerals that form 40% of the earth continental crust. The crystal belongs to the triclinic system, a three-dimensional geometric arrangement of three unequal oblique axes. Some labradorite exhibit a high degree of fluorescence – or labradorescence as a result of the reflection of the light from submicroscopic planes in its structure. They are called spectrolites.

It was first identified in Labrador, Canada in the mid-1700s.It is considered by many as the stone of the Northern Light. It is also found in Norway, Finland, and various other places worldwide. Inuit tribes of North America claim it fell from the Aurora Borealis after it was struck by one of their warrior’s spear.

Here is a labradorite ice cube floating in the melting ice of the northern shores.

From a database resource by Wenk, Joswig, Tagai, Korekawa & Smith.