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Labradorite

Labradorite is a type of rock with a rare iridescence property - an internal iridescent glow (reminiscent of a play of light in a drop of gasoline or a pearlescent shine inside a mollusk shell). The sparkling color from light blue to deep purple and even green, significantly increases the aesthetic value of the rock. This optical property gives the stone bulk and rich texture. The stone seems to come to life and change under the influence of various sources of illumination.

The combination of strength characteristics (labradorite is even stronger than granite) and aesthetic effect makes this stone very attractive for designers and architects. A number of magical abilities are also attributed to him, since when looking at a polished stone a person experiences a completely natural admiration for the play of light and the radiance as if emitted by the mineral.

In terms of properties, labradorite is very close to granite with its characteristic granularity and high strength. Solid wood can be used as a finishing material with limited structural strength, however, if improperly processed, the monolith can crack and become unstable in frost.

Labradorite characteristics:

  • hardness on the Mohs scale - from 6 to 6.5
  • compressive strength - about 230 MPa;
  • bending strength - about 21 MPa);
  • wear resistance (abrasion) - 0.50 g / cm2;
  • resistance to weathering (water absorption) - 0.21%.

Characteristics may vary slightly depending on the field and the choice of processing technology. Of great importance is not only the color scale, but also the state of the rock mass at the place of occurrence. Most valued is material from a partially enclosed outlet where it has not been eroded.

Labradorite is used to make:

  • smooth stone countertops suitable for kitchen furniture, massive cabinet products;
  • tiles for interior decoration and, in some cases, for exterior decoration of parts of walls, elements of architectural decoration of a building;
  • thin plates of mineral that can be applied and glued to the surface of furniture, giving objects a solid and spectacular appearance;
  • massive products with labradorite inclusions for landscape design;
  • small and medium-sized ornaments, mosaics and decorative elements made of a whole cry-eye crystal.

 

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