I use a lot of different, unusual stones in my jewelry. One that is maybe not so unusual but clearly a favorite of mine, is labradorite. Beads, cabochons, rose cuts, you name it, I love using Labradorite in my jewelry!
Labradorite is a feldspar, which is the single most abundant mineral group on earth. The flash in labradorite is caused by thin microscopic inclusions within the translucent material. When the feldspar contains a good share of potassium, the reflected light is iridescent. This quality is known as labradorescence after the beautiful labradorite. It's an internal glow that can have the effect of green, blue, orange, yellow, and even violet flash.
Originally discovered in Labrador, Canada, labradorite was thought to have created from a frozen fire from the Northern Lights. I like that idea! Spectrolite is an especially colorful labradorite from Finland. Labradorite is also found in India, Madagascar and Australia. White labradorite from India is called rainbow moonstone. And don't forget sunstone, a feldspar found in many places including the U.S., with beautiful copper inclusions. It can get confusing. All have a beautiful flashiness about them.
Metaphysically, labradorite is said to help the wearer fight off an existential crisis, energize imaginations, and temper the negative side of a personality. If you meditate with labradorite, it is said to bring you to higher levels of consciousness. I also read that in the workplace, labradorite will bring out the best in people, making work life more congenial. It may be a good thing to include in office decor!
These Funky but sophisticated labradorite earrings are in the shop ! See the whole labradorite collection here.
Every February in Tucson, AZ, there is a takeover of the city by rock and gem enthusiasts from all over the world. I have witnessed this phenomenon many times and it never fails to be one of my most favorite experiences!