6 Underrated Gems & Stones
it is one of the official birthstonesfor the month of October, along with all of the other varieties of opal gems.There are so many beautiful colored stones, and more getting discovered all the time. Most of us have been introduced to the more popular stones at some point or another: Diamond Ruby, Sapphire Emerald, Pearl, etc... We absolutely adore these gems, but we are here to talk about some underrated gems that we think are simply stunning.
LABRADORITE- This plagioclase feldspar stone is simply beautiful. The plagioclase feldspars are minerals that constitute an important component of almost every igneous rock, which makes up a great deal of the Earth's crust.
While a Gray/Gray Black stone, Labradorite produces adularescence, which boasts a white to pale bluish luster when turned. This optical effect is so unique to labradorite that it has been termed "labradorescence". This phenomenon is caused by the diffraction of light in the layers of rock. When labradorite is exposed to light and viewed at different angles, the schiller can be seen in a variety of colors.
Labradorite is a gemstone that was named after Labrador in Canada, where it was found on the Isle of Paul, near Nain in 1770. It has since been found in other places, including Finland, Madagascar, and Australia
Labradorite is grey to grey-black with colorful iridescence. Popular colors are royal blue and multicolor. Labradorite can also be colorless, orange-red and brownish. The metallic tints of labradorite can show the full spectrum of color, especially in spectrolite, which is named after the full range of color that it exhibits.
Labradorite is a transparent to opaque material and usually, the higher the clarity, the less the play of color.
Although Labradorite has a hardness of 6 - 6.5 on the Mohs scale, which is softer than quartz, it is a durable material. This is thought to be because labradorite is not brittle.
Overall, Labradorite is a fascinating stone that is both gorgeous, and affordable.
Its internal structure scatters the light that strikes it, creating a phenomenon known as adularescence. The visual effect is reminiscent of the full moon shining through a veil of thin, high clouds.
Rainbow moonstone is not a true moonstone; true moonstone is comprised of potassium orthoclase feldspar, but it is closely related to moonstone.
Adularescent moonstone was once called “adularia.” The name originated with a city in Switzerland, Mt. Adular (now St. Gotthard), that was one of the first sources of fine-quality moonstone.
Moonstone is the birthstone for the month of June and the stone traditionally given in celebration of the 13th anniversary of marriage.