Labradorite

The lore of the Inuit claims that Labradorite fell from the frozen fire of the Aurora Borealis, an ordinary stone that transforms to the extraordinary, shimmering in a mystical light that separates the waking world from unseen realms. It is, in every sense, a Stone of Magic, treasured for its remarkable play of color, known as labradorescence. The stone, usually grey-green, dark grey, black or greyish-white, is composed of aggregate layers that refract light as iridescent flashes of peacock blue, gold, pale green, and coppery red. The predominant blue varies within the light, displaying hues from deepest blue to various shades of pale, almost blue-green. It was discovered in Labrador, Canada, by Moravian missionaries in 1770 who named it after the area. The labradorite used in our jewellery is sourced from Scandanavia and cut to our design by our stone cutter in Jaipur, India. We like to use large highly polished cabochons combined with hammered silver that show off the coloured layers of the labradorite. Recently we have been experimenting with leaving the surface of the labradorite rough. This gives the setting edges an unusual organic shape and allows the stone to flash from vibrant colour to dark grey depending on the direction in which the piece is viewed.

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