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Hey everyone-Jamie from the Pyramid Studios Bead Bench here!

Labradorite, lab..radorite, lab..row..doorite? Am I the only one having trouble pronouncing this stone’s name properly? Okay, come on, it’s not the easiest word in the dictionary so just to clear the awkward tension, LAB-rah-door-ight. There we go!

What is this spectacular Labradorite stone I speak of you must be thinking. It is a feldspar stone that has created myths and legends within its iridescent flashes of azure blues and yellows. When light hits the polished, Labradorite stone, you see these magical, shimmering colors that duplicate the Aurora Borealis, otherwise known as the Northern Lights.

Now, I’m not the first stone enthusiast who has made this comparison, over the centuries, tribes have created legends regarding the two. For example; according to an Eskimo legend, the Northern Lights were once imprisoned in the rocks along the coast of Labrador. It is told that a wandering Eskimo warrior found them and was able to free most of the lights with a mighty blow of his spear. Some of the lights were still trapped within the stone, and thus we have today the beautiful mineral known as Labradorite. Whether this warrior truly did this and existed for real may never be validated, but legends do not arise out of nowhere, now do they?

The name Labradorite comes from the province of Labrador in Canada, where the mineral on St. Paul Island in 1770. Pieces of the stone were also found among the artifacts of the Red Painted People of Maine and in Finland during World War II. Traces of Labradorite have also been located in India, Madagascar, Newfoundland, and Russia. The gem grade value of Labradorite is called Spectrolite.

The strand that ended up on my bench was gorgeous and I’ve fashioned them into a beautiful necklace. The stones had been polished to a rounded, smooth shape and I had fun toying with what bead fit with which to show off the colors best. In millimeters the individual beads are 15 by 20 millimeters, with a thickness of 7 millimeters. I incorporated a large sterling silver clasp with sterling beads to compliment the way the necklace lies on the neck. To accommodate the iridescence of the stones I added sterling silver spacers between every fourth stone. The finished piece is 19 inches long and very charming, if I do say so myself.

 

We have a great variety of Labradorite beads available where I can fashion a bracelet or necklace to your specifications. Or you can “do it yourself”! We have many hobby beaders who also design and build their own jewelry, with some really gorgeous results. Pyramid Studios has all the beading supplies and advice necessary to help you to trap the Northern Lights in your own bracelet. Or we can ask one of our jewelers, Dave or Don, to work with you to develop a custom made piece of Labrarodite jewelry you can pass down for generations!

 

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