Necklace, Labradorite Gemstone Links in Sterling 17"
Beautiful Luminescent Labradorite Rose Cuts set in Sterling Bezels are connected to form a circlet of rainbows.
Chatoyancy is the gemmological name given to the curious optical effect in which a band of light is reflected in certain cabochon-cut gemstones, creating an appearance similar to light bouncing off a cat's eye. Labradorite is famous for this effect.
Labradorite is named for where it was found in Labrador, a Canadian province on the Isle of Paul. Inuits once called labradorite a "fire stone" and would use powdered forms to help cure ailments. According to Inuit legend, a warrior saw the Northern Lights trapped in the rocks and struck them with his spear to free some of the lights. The stone was first described by Moravian missionaries of the late eighteenth century, introducing the stone into the European market. Labradorite is not exclusive to Canada however, and can also be found in Mexico and Finland. Since its discovery, labradorite has been a highly sought-after stone for use in jewelry.
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