Hypersthene is often called Velvet Labradorite, but is in fact more closely related to Bronzite. Fine specimens of Hypersthene display a metallic schiller, in either linear stripes or a soft 'velvet' pattern, which is where the Velvet Labradorite name comes from. It is found all over the world in lower, non-gem quality grades, but good specimens can be found in New York and Labrador, Canada.
|Alternative Names||Velvet Labradorite, Black Labradorite|
|Colour||Brown, Black, Metallic|
|Hardness||5.5 - 6|
|Main Locations||USA, Canada|