Labradorite has a triclinic crystal system and is in the mineral class of Lattice Silicate, in the Feldspar family. The Feldspar family contains many of the favorite ‘flashy’ gems such as Albite, Moonstone and Sunstone. It is mainly formed in alkaline igneous rocks and was discovered in 1770 on the Labrador peninsula which is how it acquired its name.
Since its discovery it has now been found all over the world. A more granular variety has been discovered in Oregon, but some of the nicest flash is currently found in India and from South America. Its coloring can be misleading at first, usually a gray or green. When it is turned for different views, its inner beauty is revealed. The iridescent flashes of color we see come from its fine laminate structure that bends the incoming light.