Labradorite can be a beautiful addition to any collection, but some people may wonder if it can get wet. In this comprehensive guide, we will answer that question and more! We will cover everything you need to know about Labradorite and its care, including whether or not it is water-resistant. So, if you are curious about this fascinating gemstone, keep reading!
So, Can Labradorite Get Wet?
Yes, but it is not recommended to get your labradorite wet. It is a water-soluble material and contact with water will cause it to lose its luster. If it does get wet, just use a damp cloth to clean it and then dry it off with a soft towel.
What Is Labradorite
Labradorite is a member of the plagioclase series, which means that it belongs to the feldspathoid family. Plagioclase crystals are found in many igneous rocks, including granite and basalt, as well as in metamorphic rocks such as gneiss.
Labradorite gets its name from Labrador, where it was first discovered. Other sources include Greenland, Scotland, Switzerland, Austria, Mexico, and Madagascar.
Labradorian labradorite is known for its remarkable play of color. It exhibits strong iridescence or play of colors because of exsolution lamellae. Iridescence is the result of light interference on thin films in this case lamellae of different chemical compositions. This effect is the same one that gives rise to brilliant colors in soap bubbles, films of oil on water, etc.
How To Protect Your Labradorite From Damage
Labradorite is a type of feldspar that can be found in various colors, mostly blue/grey or green. It’s sometimes called the labradorite feldspar but this is actually incorrect because there are other feldspars with similar properties. Labradorite is often set in jewelry and sold as pendants, rings, earrings, or bracelets. This beautiful gemstone looks especially great when paired with gold so many people choose to have it set in gold before wearing it on themselves or giving it to someone else as a gift.
1. Don’t wear labradorite rings as a fashion statement
This is the most important point to remember: Labradorite is not that strong and should only be worn on special occasions – never for working or everyday use! For example, I would consider labradorite earrings safe to wear every day (not dangling), whereas a labradorite pendant may not withstand daily abuse and thus should only be worn occasionally.
2. Handle labradorite with care
Labradorite earrings should never be worn while sleeping or during sports/exercise. Because earrings are relatively weightless compared to other types of jewelry, you may exert too much force on them when they get caught on your clothes, backpack straps, etc., especially if the stone has sharp edges (such as many arrowhead shapes). In fact, this is exactly what happened to me: Chipped corners from an ‘arrow head’ shaped pendant that was caught onto my jeans pocket! Therefore it’s best to keep labradorite pendants for special occasions and to buy earrings with a non-labradorite bead setting.
3. Use a soft cloth or finger cots to clean them
At least once a month I wipe all my gemstones with water and leave them out of their boxes for some time before wiping them dry. However, you should not use any cleaning agents as they may contain abrasives that could scratch the surface of the stone. Also do not soak your gemstones overnight – this can be damaging as it can cause deep-seated internal cracking over time! If you need to clean off accumulated dirt more thoroughly, use a soft cloth (like flannel) or some finger cots which are designed for applying pressure on gems when cleaning them. If you have a top-loading ultrasonic machine, this might be an option to clean your labradorite without risks of chipping the edges, but this has not been tested with gemstones so use it at your own discretion!
4. Don’t wear them in the shower or by the pool
I would recommend avoiding wearing labradorite in high humidity environments such as bathrooms and swimming pools because it is a hydrophane stone that absorbs water very easily. While some stones may only become slightly darker in color after being soaked with water others can absorb so much that they lose their luster and become dull (like my amethyst pendant). Worst-case scenario: The labradorite can crack if left exposed to water for too long.
5. Don’t store them in direct sunlight
Direct sunlight may fade the stone’s color over time, so it’s best to keep your labradorite jewelry out of direct sunlight when not being worn. However, the sun is often the most logical place to store your gems! A trick can be to mount a small piece of the mirror behind each chunk of labradorite which will reflect light back into their direction when they are placed near windows, mirrors, etc. If you leave them lying on dark cloth or in dark boxes then any light that reaches them will simply bounce off and find its way out again without reaching the stones themselves. By ensuring that there always is some light inside boxes where you store your stones, you ensure the longevity of their color!
Labradorite Gemstone Properties
Labradorite gemstones have a unique quality about them. They help to amplify energy, and can even change color depending on what type of energy they are being asked to magnetize.
- Labradorite is a wonderful choice for anyone who is working in psychism or astral travel. It will enable the wearer to release any fears that may hinder their psychic development, by helping them realize that they have nothing to fear from exploring these realms. Labradorite will also give the person courage when dealing with difficult situations while moving into these areas of exploration [if you were planning on writing this next paragraph].
- Labradorite’s properties make it an excellent stone for manifestation programs. If you are trying to manifest your desires into reality, then wearing or carrying a piece of Labradorite on your person will help to strengthen this program.
- It is also a protective stone. Wearing or carrying a Labradorite with you at all times can provide protection from psychic and physical attacks and negative energies that may result in lower energy levels. It will also protect your auric field against any intrusions, helping you to remain grounded [not sure why I would include this].
- Labradorite has the ability to increase intuition, mental clarity, creativity, intellect, psychic abilities, and even physical strength. It is an excellent talisman for meditation, astral travel, or just general life.
- Labradorite’s properties are not limited to just these purposes though. It also encourages us to release the fears which hold us back from succeeding in life and enhances our ability to confront both ourselves and the world around us. It helps you to learn from your mistakes, rather than repeating them [some great advice].
Tips On Storing Your Labradorite Jewelry
Labradorite is a beautiful gemstone that occurs in several colors. The most popular color of this stone is grayish-green, but it also occurs in blue and yellow. This stone looks lovely when set into jewelry, but there are a few tips you should know before displaying your favorite piece of labradorite jewelry to keep it looking its best.
Step 1: Cleaning
Clean your labradorite jewelry with soft cloths or tissue papers free from chemicals like lotion or perfume. Avoid using water to clean your stones because they could absorb moisture and expand, shattering the stone. Also, avoid using strong solvents like acetone or alcohol to clean your stones because these can erode the stone’s surface.
Step 2: Storing
Store your labradorite jewelry so that they are not touching each other to avoid scratching the stones. Also, store them away from direct sunlight or any other light source because too much exposure can fade certain colors of labradorite. Always put your jewelry back in their boxes after use to keep them looking fine.
Step 3: Organizing
Most jewelry pieces have a designated space on the chain for hanging charms and pendants from it, but if yours doesn’t, you should create one by adding a small ring at the end of the chain where you can attach the charm or pendant using jump rings. Step
If you want to wear a large piece of labradorite as a pendant, you should probably attach it to a strong chain or bracelet rather than wearing it around your neck. A large stone can cause serious injury if it gets pulled toward the ground and swings back to hit you in the face. Also, avoid wearing labradorite rings when doing work that will require strenuous use of your hands because they are brittle and may shatter in these situations.
Step 5: Storage
To clean your labradorite jewelry, you can simply use a soft cloth or tissue paper free from chemicals like perfume or lotion. Avoid using water on your stones because they could absorb moisture and expand, shattering the stone. Also, avoid using solvents like acetone or alcohol to clean your stones because these can erase their surface markings.
Is labradorite a water-resistant mineral?
Labradorite is a water-resistant mineral, but not water-proof. It should not be exposed to prolonged submersion in water.
Can you swim with labradorite?
Labradorite is a relatively soft gemstone, so it’s best to avoid swimming with it to prevent scratches and other damage. However, if you take good care of your labradorite jewelry and don’t expose it to harsh chemicals or extreme heat, it should be fine to swim with. Just make sure to rinse it off thoroughly afterward and dry it completely with a soft cloth.
How long have people been using labradorite?
The first known use of labradorite was in the 1700s when it was used to make jewelry.
Where does labradorite come from?
Most Labradorite is found in Canada, Finland, and Russia. Labradorite is a type of feldspar that contains significant levels of blue iridescence. The color usually appears as a result of light interference within the thin parallel layers of orthoclase and albite in the stone. This optical phenomenon is called adularescence. Labradorite gets its name from the location where it was first discovered in 1770, on the east coast of Labrador, Canada.