How much do labradorite countertops cost?
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How much do labradorite countertops cost?

Ashburn, VA

How much do labradorite countertops cost?

$200 – $300+ average cost per square foot installed
$6,000 – $12,000+average total cost installed (30 – 40 SF)

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$200 – $300+ average cost per square foot installed

$6,000 – $12,000+ average total cost installed (30 – 40 SF)

Get free estimates for your project or view our cost guide below:
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Labradorite countertops cost

Labradorite countertops cost $200 to $300+ per square foot or $6,000 to $12,000+ installed for an average kitchen. A labradorite slab alone costs $60 to $180+ per square foot. Labradorite is a natural mineral with a shimmering iridescent visual quality, new to the countertop market and not widely available.

Cost of Labradorite countertops
Kitchen size Countertops square footage Average cost installed
Kitchen island only 10 – 22 $2,000 – $6,600+
Small kitchen (70 – 99 SF) 20 – 30 $4,000 – $9,000+
Average kitchen (100 – 200 SF) 30 – 40 $6,000 – $12,000+
Large kitchen (200+ SF) 40 – 60+ $8,000 – $18,000+

Labradorite prices per square foot depend on the slab color, size, thickness, availability, and the edges, corners, and finish you select.

Labradorite countertop prices
Level Cost per square foot installed Features
Low-end $200 – $250  10 mm – 18 mm thicknessOpaque; no "labradorescence"
Average $250 – $300 18 mm – 20 mm thicknessBlues, greens, and golds
High-end $300 and up 20 mm – 30+ mm thicknessFuscias, pinks, and purples

What is labradorite?

Labradorite is a natural mineral first discovered in Labrador, Canada, and later found in several other countries, including Australia, Finland, Norway, and some parts of the US. Labradorite has comparable properties to granite and is known for its colorful iridescence, or "labradorescence".

Labradorite colors

Most labradorite has a base color of medium to dark gray. However, its unique reflective property, "labradorescence", causes many colors to flash as light hits its surface, including brilliant blues, aquas, yellows, oranges, purples, and pinks, depending on where it was sourced and the way the light hits it.

  • The most common labradorite colors are mixtures of blues, greens, and golds.

  • The rarest labradorite colors are fuschias, pinks, and purples.

  • Labradorite may be opaque, translucent, or transparent. Only the translucent variety produces the popular shimmering color play that labradorite is known for.

A kitchen with labradorite countertops and backsplash.
A kitchen with labradorite countertops and backsplash.

Labradorite durability

Labradorite is quite durable, ranking 6 to 6.5 on the Mohs Hardness Scale, which is as strong as many granite slabs and only slightly less durable than quartz. Labradorite is non-porous, stain resistant, and can handle heavy use, but sharp objects may scratch the surface over time.

  • Labradorite chips more easily than granite and should only be installed by a trained professional.

  • As with most stone countertops, periodically sealing the surface protects and extends its life.

Labradorite density

Most labradorite countertop slabs are 18 mm, 20 mm, or 30 mm thick, but some retailers carry as thin as 10 mm up to 35+ mm thickness.

Labradorite countertop installation cost by location

Labradorite is a premium material that can add a luxurious touch to kitchen and bathroom countertops or floors. Total costs vary depending on the size and location, as shown in the table below.

Labradorite countertop installation cost
Surface Size (inches) Average cost installed
Small kitchen counter (each) 24 x 100 $3,300 – $5,000+
Average kitchen counter 24 x 160 $5,300 – $8,000+
Kitchen island 36 x 78 $3,900 – $8,000+
Small kitchen island 40 x 40 $2,200 – $3,300+
Bathroom vanity top 20 x 36 $1,000 – $1,500+ 
Bar top 16 x 36 $800 – $1,200+
Bathroom tile flooring 60 x 96 $8,000 – $12,000+ 
Kitchen tile flooring 120 x 120 $20,000 – $30,000+

Labor cost to fabricate labradorite countertops

Most countertop installers charge $35 to $85 per hour. However, many installers are not trained to work with rare materials like labradorite, often increasing the labor costs due to higher demand.

Other factors affecting the cost include:

  • Material – Labradorite alone costs $60 to $180+ per square foot for non-bulk, residential orders. The price is typically based on quality, availability, and thickness.

  • Fabrication

    • Each cutout—sink, faucet, outlet, cooktop—adds $20 to $400 to the cost, depending on its size and difficulty.

    • Corner treatments cost $60 to $140 each.

    • Some edges add $5 to $20 per linear foot.

  • Leveling – Some installations require extra labor to level the cabinet surface for the countertop. This is common in older homes with uneven flooring.

  • Underlayment & reinforcement – Depending on the slab's weight, thickness, and how far it extends beyond the cabinets, installation may require an underlayment (plywood subtop), extra support brackets, or both.

  • Existing countertop removal – Countertop removal and disposal costs $7 to $14 per square foot. Some companies include old countertop removal in the installation estimate.

  • Popular extras

  • Plumbing – Hiring a plumber costs $45 to $150 per hour, with a $50 to $200 minimum service call fee. Most installations require disconnecting the plumbing and then reconnecting it once the countertops are in place.

  • Electrical – A new GFCI outlet costs $150 to $350 including materials and installation. GFCI protection is a requirement for outlets near kitchen counters.

  • Sealing – Sealing or resealing the countertop costs $150 to $350+, depending on the size. Professionals recommend sealing labradorite countertops at least every 3 to 5 years.

Labradorite cost vs. other materials

Labradorite is one of the most expensive countertop materials to install at $200 to $300+ per square foot for materials and labor. While some rare granite colors and patterns cost as much as labradorite, most materials cost less and are more widely available.

In comparison, the average countertop installation costs $50 to $150 per square foot.

Countertop cost by material
Countertop material Installed cost per square foot
Butcher block countertops cost $50 – $150
Caesarstone countertops cost $50 – $100
Concrete countertops cost $50 – $150
Corian countertops cost $50 – $150
Epoxy countertops cost $50 – $150
Granite countertops cost $80 – $150
Limestone countertops cost $70 – $150
Onyx countertops cost $50 – $200
Porcelain countertops cost $50 – $120
Quartz countertops cost $50 – $200
Marble countertops cost $40 – $150
Silestone countertops cost $60 – $140
Slate countertops cost $50 – $100
Soapstone countertops cost $60 – $130
Solid surface countertops cost $50 – $150
Stainless steel countertops cost $80 – $200

Pros and cons of labradorite countertops

Labradorite countertop pros and cons
Pros Cons
  • Unique, exotic, luxurious appearance
  • Multiple surface finish options
  • Durable
  • Stain resistant
  • Easy to clean
  • Compliments both modern and rustic room designs 
  • Expensive
  • Not widely available
  • Requires professional installation
  • Heavy; may need reinforcement
  • Needs non-acidic, non-abrasive cleaners
  • Requires trivets or pot holders to protect from excessive heat
  • Requires resealing

Labradorite FAQs

How long do Labradorite counters last?

Labradorite counters last 100+ years if they are well maintained. To prolong its life, reseal lighter colored labradorite every 3 years and darker slabs every 5 years, or sooner for counters in high use areas.

Where to buy labradorite countertops

Labradorite countertops may be found at countertop retailers specializing in stone or semi-precious gemstone materials. Labradorite is scarce and not typically found at big box stores like Lowe's or Home Depot.

Getting estimates from labradorite countertop installers

Before choosing a countertop company in your area, be sure to:

  • Get 3 to 5 detailed estimates to compare.

  • Look for a National Stone Institute accredited contractor specializing in labradorite or gemstone countertop installation.

  • Check their reviews on HomeGuide and Google.

  • Hire a licensed, bonded, and insured company that has been in business for 5+ years.

  • Ask for local references with contact information.

  • Ask for a portfolio of previous similar installations.

  • Avoid hiring the company with the lowest bid as quality may suffer.

  • Get a detailed contract and warranty in writing before the work starts.

  • Never pay in full before the installation is done. Follow a payment plan instead.

Questions to ask

Ask the following questions to ensure you hire the best contractor for your labradorite countertop installation:

  • What experience do you have installing labradorite countertops?

  • What training and certifications do you have?

  • Are you licensed, bonded, and insured?

  • What does the estimate include?

  • Do you handle the fabrication and installation?

  • Where can I view the available slabs?

  • How thick should the slab be for my installation?

  • Can I choose what part of the slab you use for my countertop?

  • Are my cabinets sufficient to support the weight of the countertop?

  • What additional costs might come up during the installation?

  • How long will the installation take?

  • Does this installation require a permit, and do you handle the permitting process?

  • Do you also handle the plumbing?

  • Do you require a deposit? If so, how much is it?

  • How long is the warranty and what does it cover?