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Nature of Martial: Labradorite (LAB-ra-door¬ite) and Oligoclase (oh-IJIG-oh-klaze) arc min¬eral species in the plagioclase series of the feldspar group; triclinic crystal system; chem¬ical composition of plagioclase feldspars varies between  NaAISi3O8and CaAI2Si2O8

Appearance: Transparent to opaque

Labradorite – typically gray to nearly black body color; also colorless, green, yellow, or¬ange to brown or brownish red Oligoclase - yellow, orange to brown or brownish red; sometimes colorless or white to light green or gray 

Phenomena: labradorescence, aventurescence; sometimes weak chatoyancy or asterism in labradorite
Variety and Trade Names
Spectrolite - trade name for labradorite with strong color flashes (labradorescence) 
Sunstone - variety of either Labradorite or Oligoclase, typically yellow or orange to brown with a reddish or golden sheen from highly reflective inclusions, material is called aventurine feldspar if the inclusions are large enough to create distinct glittery reflections (aventurescence)

Rainbow moonstone - transparent to semitransparent colorless Labradorite with multicolored labradorescence 
Typical Size Range: Labradorite - 1 to 20 ct, faceted stones up to 100 ct are known Oligoclase - 1 to 5 ct 
Typical Cutting Styles: phenomenal stones - cabochons Labradorite is also carved, and sunstone occasionally faceted); transparent, non-phenomenal faceted
Optic Character: DR, biaxial; Labradorite – positive, Oligoclase, negative, AGG, reaction, common
Refractive Index: Labradorite - 1.559-1.568 (± .005) 
Oligoclase - 1.537-1.547 (+.004 -.006) 
Birefringence: .007 to .010, Labradorite usually .009 
Specific Gravity: 
Labradorite - 2.70 (±05) 
Oligoclase - 2.65 (+ .02, -.03) 
Polish Luster: vitreous 
Fracture: uneven to splintery 
Luster: vitreous to pearly 
Cleavage: perfect and easy in two directions; parting is also common

Identifying Characteristics
Labradorite - repeated twinning; black, needle-like inclusions 
Sunstone - reddish to golden metallic-looking platelets 
Hardness: 6 - 6½ 
Toughness: poor 

Availability: labradorite - plentiful (with labradorescence) to limited (sunstone and transparent); Oligoclase - scarce 
Public Recognition: unfamiliar Major Sources: Finland, Canada, US. 
Others: Kenya, Madagascar

Recommended Disclosures: Avoid rough handling and heat. Advise that it requires care in setting.
The Meaning Of Spectrolite

SPECTROLITE - The stone of spiritual awakening

Chakra: Brow (Third Eye) Vibrates to the numbers: 6 and 7 
Astrological: Sagittarius, Scorpio and Leo Element: Water 

Keywords: Psychic Wisdom, Promotes intellectual, intuitive, and mystical wisdom, calmness, intuition 

Metaphysical Properties: The FLASH will remind you of this stones purpose. Like "a flash of light in the darkness", Labradorite will help reveal your spiritual destiny to you. Not only will it reveal your path, but it will help you to develop the wise use of your psychic abilities so they are not abused. This often happens during the dream state, when you are better able, and more willing, to receive outside information. Said to represent the "temple of the stars" , it brings clarity of thought, and the wisdom of other worlds and universes to us. On an individual level, it brings forth each person's strengths to share with the world, and each other. (to carry the message... to those who still suffer...) This stone is very good for enhancing night vision, and can be of great help in developing the ability to see auras. 
Self Esteem: Labradorite promotes strength of will and a feeling of inner worth about your own abilities, while relieving insecurity and apprehension about your value as a spiritual being. 
Creativity: Labradorite helps to combine intellectual thought with intuitive wisdom enhancing discernment in all situations. This gemstone elicits creativity by inspiring you to come up with original ideas and solutions to problems. 
Diet: Labradorite is an excellent gemstone for those seeking to lose weight as it balances and regulates metabolism.
Career: Brings patience, which leads to better focus and concentration. This stone enhances perseverance, very helpful for those who are facing a period of sustained work, such as students at exam time, and for those who are prone to overwork. 
Athletes and Procrastinators: It can stimulate physical activity, and 'kick start' the energy necessary to get into action. 

Color: Multi. The "flash" is known as "labradorescence." The colors change according to the angle of light refraction, and may be blue, green, yellow, and pink. The base colors of the stone itself a silvery gray. 

Physical Healing Properties: clarify eyes, gout, colds, rheumatic fever, feeling cold, and lowers blood pressure Sunstone Healing Wand The pointed end of a wand focuses the energy tightly through the tip. Sunstone was associated with the Sun during the Renaissance because of its sparkling orange-gold hue. It was used by magicians to call upon the influences of the sun. It is a protective stone, and an important love stone. Sunstone stimulates your personal power of attraction. Sunstone is used to: Give you extra energy when you are ill or under stress Stimulate sexual arousal and increase sexual energy Increase self-healing power Promotes harmony among the organs functions General Gemstone Details Believed to be a piece of the sun, sunstone was prized by ancient magicians, who used it to attract the strength of the sun and it's associated power and wealth. It is commonly associated with the Phoenix that appeared at the first sunrise. Sunstone is an Oligoclase, which is a species of plagioclase feldspar. Specifically it is one of the six species used in gemstone jewelry. Less commonly this is also called aventurine feldspar, but is not often referred to by this name. Labradorite is also one of the other more common plagioclase feldspar, as well as Albite. It is a joyful, light inspiring stone which often instills the feeling of joie de vivre, it is good natured and heightens ones intuition. There are two types of "Sunstone" in the general population today....the first being the natural feldspar as initially spoken, imported most often from India it resembles an orange opal, with a fiery, multicolored flash (from the hematite). The other is a form of translucent quartz that has a vaguely orange hue. this is commonly known as Oregon Sunstone which of course is found in Oregon, USA. It is the most common form on the market now, but do not despair, as the more natural Sunstone is still readily available.

Scientific Properties: Moh’s Hardness of 6 with a triclinic crystal structure. Sunstone is a plagioclase feldspar exhibiting in certain directions a brilliant spangled appearance, which has led to its use as a gemstone. The effect appears to be due to reflections from enclosures of red hematite, in the form of minute scales, which are hexagonal, rhombic or irregular in shape, and are disposed parallel to the principal cleavage-plane. These enclosures give the stone an appearance something like that of aventurine, hence sunstone is known also as "aventurine-feldspar." Sunstone is not common, the best-known locality being in south Norway, where masses of the sunstone occur embedded in a vein of quartz running through gneiss. It is found also near Lake Baikal, in Siberia, and at several localities in the United States, notably in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, and in Statesville, North Carolina. 

Mystical Properties: Sunstone has a very positive effect on one's psyche, it promotes good humor, cheerfulness and an even temper. It may provide the necessary stamina and energy to undertake projects and tasks that one may find daunting. It offers self confidence and helps its wearer to discover her own nature and live accordingly. It assists its wearer in maintaining a positive attitude towards her own life and to use inherent strengths while still allowing the sunny side of the personality raise to the forefront. Keep Sunstone with you at all times if you have difficulty saying "no" to people, and you continually make sacrifices for others. Sunstone will detach your feelings of being discriminated against, disadvantaged or abandoned; it will remove inhibitions and hang up, reversing feelings of failure. It will increase feelings of self-worth, and confidence encouraging optimism and enthusiasm. It will switch all feelings to a positive take on any event. Even the most incorrigible pessimist will respond to Sunstone. 

Healing Properties: Sunstone enables and enhances it's wearer with self healing powers. It stimulates the vegetative, autonomic nervous system and enhances the harmonious functioning of all the body's organs. It is quite helpful in cases of exhaustion due to lack of sleep. It will treat chronic sore throats and relieves the pain of stomach ulcers. It is quite successful on Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD), it is also known to relieve cartilage problems, rheumatism and general aches and pains. Sunstone will lift depression and free it's wearer from feelings of discrimination and failure as well as images of an 'evil world'. Sunstone easily increases a sense of self-esteem as well as self-worth. Sunstone is particularly beneficial when used in the sun, sunshine, or sunlight.

Magical Properties:
Energy: Projective 
Element: Fire Powers: Protection, energy, health, sexual energy Sunstone and Moonstone together are often used in Solstice rituals, either on the altar of by having the priest wear sunstone and the priestess wearing moonstone, thus representing the balance of power between the physical, psychic and spiritual attributes. Sunstone also helps to find and keep a beneficial sexual relationship, it is a protective and powerful stone. This gemstone adds energy to other stones as well as to rituals and spell workings. Symbolically Sunstone is linked to Moonstone. 

Associations: The Sun Not a Traditional Birthstone for any Month Stone of Leo, it symbolizes approaching success Chakra Classification: Sunstone is most effective on the 2nd, Sacral or Navel Chakra, but will clear all chakras, and to assist one in self nurturing. Placed on the solar plexus, Sunstone will lift out heavy and/or repressed emotions and transmutes them very effectively. Sunstone is quite useful in removing 'hooks' from other people or 'chording' whether located in the chakras or the aura. These hooks can be at the emotional or mental level, and may come from possessive parents, children, friends or lovers. They have the effect of draining your energy, often when you least expect to feel drained. Sunstone lovingly returns the contact to the other persona and is quite beneficial for cutting those ties.





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