It'll be no shocker to anyone that I own labradorite
To my mind the overall colour is very definitely grey and the blue that comes through is more of a sky blue. If you have rainbow moonstone then its similar.
I have a station necklace that has labradorite, rose quartz and amethyst. And the three stones work together really well.
I think its a fascinating stone but it can look almost like it has splits or fissures in the stone. It can look "dried out" if you get my meaning. I think its a stone that benefits from being worn. A bit like an opal. It needs to be worn.
Thanks Tinks - I had a sneaky feeling you might have some
What I thought was labradorite in a local shop probably isn't then. It's a lovely shop - tiny but crammed full of silver jewellery with a huge range of stones at fairly reasonable prices - but it isn't open all that often and there are no labels visible from the outside.
I've had a proper looksee now. I've got one ring that I think is really good quality. I think the necklace I described is OK/average quality but I do have another ring that wa sold as labradorite but I'm not 100% sure its not paste! But I was a few pounds so I'm not complaining.
The good quality ring always shows flashes of blue in every light. It is only when you tip the stone away from direct light that you get to see its a stripey grey stone. And even away from the light it isn't a dull, flat stone. It also has a slight glittery sheen inside the stone. If you move it this way and that the stone sparkles inside ... a bit like sandstone but more subtle. The stone isn't a single consistent colour. Its a square shape, faceted stone and one "corner" has darker straitions but there are darker and lighter straitions all the way across the stone. I do think it is on the taupe/brown side of grey.
The stones in the necklace are like pebbles. The overall colour is paler and there more even and there is the lovely blue light within the stone but it needs to catch the light right to show through. There are no inner sparkles but it does refract other colours a little as well. I'm certain these stones are labradorite.
The cheapie ring shows a bright yellow toned green at the right angle but doesn't show any blue. Its again quite a stripey stone. I'm not certain this is labradorite.