This is a very large, flashy, piece of Labradorite mined in Madagascar. The brilliant blue/green/gold colors have a lot of play in the light, giving the piece an entirely different personality when viewed in different angles and lighting. The base of the piece has been cut flat so that it stands up on it's own. One face has been polished, while the reverse side has been left in it's natural state. A very cool display piece that would be suitable for decorative purposes both inside or outside.
Labradorite is a feldspar mineral that is most often found in mafic igneous rocks. Some specimens of labradorite
exhibit what is called a "schiller effect", which is a strong play of iridescent blue, green, red, orange, and yellow colors. Labradorite is so well known for these spectacular displays of color that the phenomenon is known as "labradorescence." Specimens with high quality labradorescence are often polished and used as gemstones.
The labradorescence is not caused by the colors being reflected on the surface of the specimen. Instead, light enters the stone, hits a twinning surface within the stone, and reflects from it. The color seen is the color of light reflected from that twinning surface. Different twinning surfaces within the stone reflect different colors of light. Light reflecting from different twinning surfaces in various parts of the stone can give the stone a multi-colored appearance.
Labradorite is named after where it was first found in Labrador, Canada. Today, the most prolific deposits and the source of most commercially available labradorite occur in Madagascar and Russia.