Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Jet of the Day - Nancy's Crystal Fantasies Jewelry


 
LABRADORITE

Chunky Bracelet - Labradorite, Green Fluorite, Teal Mystic Quartz - Nancy's Crystal Fantasties
I had never heard of labradorite until a couple of years ago, and it was love at first sight.  Stones that flash rainbow colors like opals: moonstone, and labradorite have a special appeal to my senses and seem almost mesmerizing when you gaze into their depths.  And then, when you get that ray of sunlight on the stone—oh, my!

Wire Wrapped Labradorite Pendant Necklace with Sterling Silver - Trace Designs
 
History

The first discovery of labradorite, a feldspar mineral, was in 1770 at Paul’s Island, near the town of Nain on the Labrador Peninsula in Canada.   It has also been found in Norway and the former USSR.  It occurs in large crystal masses, and the play of colors that it displays is called labradorescence, or schiller effect.

Chunky Gemstone Charm Bracelet with Labradorite, Freshwater Pearls, and Amazonite -                       Willow Creek Jewelry

Eskimo legend has it that the Northern Lights were once imprisoned within the stones, and a wandering Eskimo warrior freed them with a blow of his spear.  However, some of the lights remained trapped in the stones, which accounts for their lovely glow.

Gemstone Bracelet - Labradorite, Pearls, Rock Crystal, Swarovski Crystal - Eleven13

Along with its popularity in jewelry, labradorite is also used as an ornamental stone in clock faces, table and countertops, and even facing for buildings.

Mystical Properties

Labradorite is thought to bring good luck and provide relief from depression, anxiety, and despair.  It brings clarity of thought to the wearer, and replaces negative thoughts and feelings with enthusiasm, self-confidence, inspiration, and harmony.  It also aids one who is experiencing conflict and change by giving perseverance, strength, and enhanced intuition. 

Handmade Labradorite Pendant Necklace - Capital City Crafts

Healing Properties

For those of us who are getting older and suffering from aches and pains in our joints from rheumatism or arthritis—or just the wear and tear of getting older—it’s labradorite to the rescue!  If you want to take advantage of the stone’s healing properties, you should carry it as a touchstone or wear it in a piece of jewelry.

Labradorite Marquis and Amethyst Onion Wire Wrapped Necklace in Sterling Silver - SilverSmack

Care of Your Gemstone

Labradorite is a fairly soft stone, with a Mohs hardness of 6.0.  It also has cleavage lines within the stone.  These are not cracks or defects, but it is essential that your stone not receive any hits or knocks.  You should keep your lovely stone away from bright light and heat.  It should be cleaned with warm soapy water and a soft brush, rinsed and patted dry.  If its surface becomes dull and cloudy, it should be put in mineral water and placed in the sun for a few days.  Your labradorite jewelry should be stored  away from other jewelry pieces and hard objects in separate jewelry pouches.

Labradorite Pendant Necklace Wire Wrapped in Sterling Silver- Donna's Artisan Designs

Labradorite and Rose Gold Earrings - The Little Happy Goose
Rose Cut Labradorite, Sterling Hoop Earrings - BrookeJewelry


Labradorite Bike Chain Pendant - Wandering Jeweler

Thanks for reading,

14 comments :

Bob J24-7 said...

Great post! Labradorite is a really interesting stone ...

Rough Magic Creations said...

I love labradorite, and this is a such fabulous and informative post! Gorgeous jewelry too!

Ramshackle Studio said...

Very informative (and some really lovely jewelry to boot!) Thanks!

Erika Price said...

Wow Nancy, you really know how to show this amazing stone off to its very best - gorgeous jewelry!

capitalcitycrafts said...

Thanks for the great article, and sharing the beautiful handmade jewelry!

Tracy said...

So interesting and WOWZA what gorgeous Labradorite jewelry selections!

SendingLoveGallery said...

LOVE labradorite!! great post~

Michele said...

Interesting facts about the amazing stone!!! Such lovely jewelry also!!!

Beadsme said...

Great info. Love the creations you picked.

DG Jewelry Designs said...

Great informative post. Beautiful jewelry examples.

TheSilverBear said...

A great write-up, & beautiful photos.

Brooke said...

Thanks for the informative post, sharing all the lovely labradorite jewelry (one of my fav's) and for including my earrings in your post!

Your Daily Jewels said...

Gorgeous examples of a mysterious stone. Thanks Nancy!

allen said...

that jewelry is nice....i like that so much..