I just love labradorite! It’s such an amazing stone. It looks like a swirly or mottled grey and then the light hits it in just the right way and BAM! You get a beautiful flash of color ranging from blue, to green, to gold! This internal color flash is known as “schiller” or “adularescence” and is defined as a luster or glow emanating from within the gemstone. It’s really how the light is scattered off the layers in the gemstone, and the minerals present within the stone.
Labradorite is also known as Larvikite, named for the Larvik Fjords in Norway where it was first discovered in the 1880s, and where major deposits are still found. A type of feldspar with Mohs hardness of 6 to 6-1/2, beautiful natural blue labradorite has a grey/black background with mica flecks and a chatoyancy blue-green-gold flash.
Each tree of life pendant is handmade from scratch, starting with the shaping of the outer frame, then hand hammering it for strength and rigidity. Approximately EIGHT FEET of wire is then used as the roots, trunk and branches of the tree, which is hand shaped and sculpted by hand forming each branch. The labradorite is placed as the blue moon peeking out from behind the branches of the bare tree. I always envision the moon, bright on a cool, Autumn night, low in the sky just above the horizon, looking like it’s nestled in the branches of the tree.