Labradorite is one of my favorite stones as well. I have several some are cut gemstone quality, others are just polished or rough. Even my favorite pendulum is made of labradorite.
I do use stones in my workings farily often as there are just so many uses for them. I enjoy working with salt (its protective qualities are great around any home), aquamarine, quartz, amethyst and moonstones to just name a few. I feel that all stones (really anything from the Earth) has its own energies and properties. It really doesn't matter if it is a gemstone or one from your local hiking spot or yard. Now a stone can become so corrupted with negativity or over use that it hardly has any energy left in it to feel or use.
That's interesting, Figment, that a stone can become 'empty'. I've never felt that personally. I do agree with you about salt.
Edited by Absinthe, 13 April 2011 - 03:40 PM.