Madagascan Spectralite Freeform Sculpture with Some Purple Flash
Spectrolite is the trade name for a rare variety of labradorite that displays a more full color spectrum. The original deposit was discovered accidentally in Ylamma, in southeast Finland during the 1940’s. The Finns were blasting rock to make fortifications against a potential Russian invasion during World War II. The Finnish geologist Aarne Laitakari suggested the name spektrolite for the stone, from the Finnish spektri meaning “spectrum, rainbow”. It is now more commonly spelled with a “c”.
A similar looking material from Madagascar entered the market during the early 2000’s. To create a distinction from the Finnish labradorite, it was spelled with an "a" rather than an "o". Unfortunately the mining operations in Madagascar were recently suspended because the costs became prohibitive. Because it often displays the entire rainbow, spectralite is considered a "souped-up" labradorite metaphysically. It is associated with intuitive development, spiritual protection, and aligning the chakras of the energy body.
This medium sized free form primarily has flash on the front face. There is a small amount on the back, near the top. The flash is mostly pink, with touches of purple, and yellowish orange. The flash on the back is pinkish purple. There is a rainbow trim around some of the color patches. A spiderweb network of black to pale gray lines cross the surface. There are a natural hairline fractures throughout the piece, especially on the back and near the top of the front.
To read more about the metaphysical properties of labradorite and spectralite, check out Stacie's blog here.
This particular free form weighs approximately 4.34 lbs. and measures approximately 6 3/4" X 3 3/4" X 2 1/2".