Thursday, January 9, 2014

What is Labradorite?


 
Beautiful when polished
 

Labradorite is a mineral, calcium, sodium, aluminum, silicate to be chemically specific. While this mineral may not seem impressive in its natural form, once sliced and polished this stone can shimmer and shine in the most fascinating ways. The colors can range from blues and violets all the way through greens, yellows and orange. Some pieces can display these colors simultaneously.

 

Labradorite can display a rainbow of colors
 
 
The iridescent play of colors makes it a natural for jewelry. It can be delicate due to cutting on the same plane as the layers of crystal intergrowth which produces the best colors. Delicacy aside, labradorite produces some beautiful color interplay as it reflects light back and forth. Some people also believe labradorite is a power stone that can help intuition and meditation.

 

Labradorite makes a beautiful pendant..
 
 
Labradorite derives its name from the location of its discovery in Labrador Canada in 1770 by Moravian missionaries. It can be found on just about every continent including Madagascar, India, Russia, Mexico and Finland. It is a relatively inexpensive stone and can be found on many website sold as beads or polished stones.

 

Or a beautiful ring
 
 
This is especially handy for the home crafter who is able to make jewelry. You can find pre-polished beads or stone with predrilled holes for convenience. Multiple strand necklaces made of small polished beads are very attractive and catch the light for beautiful luminosity. Larger stones can be set in sterling silver and made into pendants or rings. Labradorite makes for stunning jewelry at affordable prices.
 
It can even dress up a sword hilt

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