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Red Labradorite Gemstone

In the gem world, there is a real debate at present regarding what the difference is between Red  Labradorite  and  Red  Andesine.  What  some gemmologists are suggesting is that the difference between the two depends on the percentage of Sodium and Calcium within the gem: if it’s high  in Sodium then it’s Andesine; and if it’s high in Calcium then it’s Red Labradorite. Don’t worry if this is getting a little confusing, as it’s also  confusing the industry!

Red Labradorite is a stunning member of  the  Feldspar  family  and  is  a  very  close  relation  to  Sunstone.  Just  like  Paraiba  Tourmaline,  it  receives much of its internal brilliance from the  presence of copper.

The gem is incredibly rare and I have seen some  gem traders trying to sell Red Labradorite for  over  $1000  per  carat,  placing  it  amongst  the  most expensive red gemstones on the planet. Its  colour is a delicious cherry red and what I say to  all gem fans, is that once you own one piece, you  will certainly be hunting for more.

The  gem  has  been  discovered  in  very  tiny  quantities  in  Tibet,  India,  Bolivia  and  Inner  Mongolia  (where  it  is  often  heat  treated  with  diffusion  to  increase  its  colour).  See  also Andesine.

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