labradorite

Everything about labradorite




Can you recognize labradorite? Yet it is a stone widely used for bijoux and jewelry. Here’s what you need to know about labradorite

When asked if you like Labradorite it is not a reference to the yellow or black dogs who are famous for their water rescue skills. Labrador, in this case, is the place (in Canada) where at the end of the eighteenth century this stone was discovered which is part of the very common group of feldspar, successfully used in jewelry. As with all stones, there is someone who attributes miraculous properties to labradorite. Everyone is free to believe it …

Anello con diamanti taglio brillante, labradorite grigia, granati, tsavoriti, topazi blu e zaffiri arancioni
Anello con diamanti taglio brillante, labradorite grigia, granati, tsavoriti, topazi blu e zaffiri arancioni

Features. Labradorite has the particularity of possessing a play of colors with a metallic reflection, often changing between blue and green. In some rare cases, it can show the full spectrum of colors. There are also colorless, white, gray, gray-black, gray-whitish, yellow, brown, pale green varieties. It is not a very hard stone and the simplest cut in which to bring out the colors is the cabochon, although it is not uncommon to find some other type of cut. As we have mentioned, labradorite can exhibit an iridescent (or schiller) optical effect, which is also known as labradorescence. The term labradorescence was coined by the mineralogist Ove Balthasar Bøggild. From a scientific point of view, labradorizing is the reflection of light from submicroscopic planes oriented in one direction (rarely in two directions). They are planes that never have such a position that they can be expressed by simple indices, and are not directly visible under the microscope.

Where is it. In addition to Labrador, labradorite is also found in Madagascar, Mexico, Russia and the USA. The Finnish variety is called spektrolith.

Orecchini Galaxy con labradorite by Fernando Jorge
Orecchini Galaxy con labradorite by Fernando Jorge

How it is used in jewelry. Labradorite is mainly used for simple cut pendants and pendants, or cut into spheres for necklaces. But there is no shortage of rings that use labradorite, especially in its iridescent version.

How to clean labradorite. Since labradorite is a fairly fragile stone, care must be taken to clean it, avoiding too rough treatments. Water, a drop of detergent and a toothbrush with soft silks are fine. Instead, avoid rubbing the stone with too rough materials. Also pay attention to when you put it back in the drawer: do not place the jewel in contact with other objects that could scratch the stone.

Bracciale con labradorite di Gil Zohar
Bracciale con labradorite di Gil Zohar
Orecchini con labradorite
Orecchini con labradorite by Pippa Small
Bracciale della collezione Etoile Mysterieuse, in argento, labradorite
Elie Top, bracciale della collezione Etoile Mysterieuse, in argento, labradorite
Stephen Dweck, collana con labradorite
Stephen Dweck, collana con labradorite
Orecchini con aquamarina, labradorite, rainbow pietra luna, diamanti non lucidati, oro giallo riciclato
Nak Armstrong, orecchini con aquamarina, labradorite, rainbow pietra luna, diamanti non lucidati, oro giallo riciclato
Anello con topazio blu e labradorite
Jules Kim, anello con topazio blu e labradorite
Federica Rettore, bracciale con labradorite
Federica Rettore, bracciale con labradorite







The Moon Flower collection by Giovanni Raspini: silver and labradorite

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Is it time to think about spring too for jewelry? The Moon Flower collection by Giovanni Raspini, it’s truth, can be adapted to all seasons. But it is a fact that flowers are almost always associated with spring. Hence, Moon Flower can easily be connected to the season in which nature awakens.

Pendente Moon Flower
Pendente Moon Flower

But not only that: there is also the idea of the moon, which brings flowers across an unusual horizon. Moon Flower is a naturalistic collection made of silver, but the iridescent reflections of the rainbow labradorite, also called moonlight stone, shine among the burnished metal petals. The combination of the silver floral decoration and the delicacy of this natural stone (ranging from blue to blue and gray) makes the collection very elegant. Moon Flower is proposed in a necklace, a pendant, two earrings, a bracelet and two rings.

Anello Moon Flower
Anello Moon Flower
Anello Moon Flower in argento e labradorite
Anello Moon Flower in argento e labradorite
Bracciale in argento e labradorite
Bracciale in argento e labradorite
Collana in argento e labradorite
Collana in argento e labradorite
Orecchini in argento e labradorite
Orecchini in argento e labradorite

Giovanni Raspini, orecchini in argento e labradorite
Giovanni Raspini, orecchini in argento e labradorite







New colors for Fernando Jorge

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New pieces and new stones for the surround collection of Brazilian designer Fernando Jorge ♦ ︎

Last year he won a Couture Design Award with a pair of earrings from the Surround collection. The success for Brazilian designer Fernando Jorge has been remarkable. So much so that the collection in the following 12 months has expanded, not only with the addition of some new composition, but also with a wide variety of semi precious stones used.

Read also: Surroung Fernando Jorge

Orecchini Astro con crisoprasio e tormalina Paraiba
Orecchini Astro con crisoprasio e tormalina Paraiba

Earrings, rings and some bracelets confirm the cluster composition, but add other materials, with innovative nuances. For example, in addition to diamonds, tagua walnut (a Brazilian plant with very hard white wood), and jade, lapis lazuli, labradorite, chalcedony, chrysoprase, Paraiba tourmaline were added, always cut into small rings with different sizes 18 carat yellow gold. Giulia Netrese





Anello con cluster di opali rosa
Anello con cluster di opali rosa

Anello Surrounding con corno e diamanti brown
Anello Surrounding con corno e diamanti brown
Anello Surrounding con corniola
Anello Surrounding con corniola
Anello Surrounding con crisoprasio
Anello Surrounding con crisoprasio
Orecchini Surrounding con lapislazzuli
Orecchini Surrounding con lapislazzuli

Surround Circle Earrings Chalcedony White

Bracciale Nebula con serpentina gialla
Bracciale Nebula con serpentina gialla
Orecchini Gravity con lapislazzuli
Orecchini Gravity con lapislazzuli
Orecchini Gravity  con crisoprasio
Orecchini Gravity con crisoprasio

Orecchini Galaxy con labradorite
Orecchini Galaxy con labradorite







The Milky Way of Giovanni Raspini




The Milky Way seen by Giovanni Raspini: a silver and labradorite collection ♦ ︎
There are five new collections for the winter 2017-2018 by Giovanni Raspini. The florentine company specializing in silver has long taken the road to an ever more imaginative and elaborated jewel-style interpretation, with collections that over time have also added elements other than simple silver. This is the case for one of the winter collections, Via Lattea (Milky Way), with melted pieces with labradorite inserts. The pieces consist of a stream of small spheres of glossy silver on a burnished background, running in a bright set of textures and opalescence. The effect is as a small galaxy that becomes jewel and is, in fact, produced through the use of labradorite, a stone that has fluctuating reflections in colors ranging from gray to pale blue to blue. The silver and labradorite set is particularly successful. The collection consists of two necklaces, two bracelets, two rings and three earrings. Lavinia Andorno




Giovanni Raspini, bracciale Via Lattea
Giovanni Raspini, bracciale Via Lattea

Anello in argento e labradorite
Anello in argento e labradorite
7 9959 Anello Grande Via Lattea
Giovanni Raspini, anello Via Lattea
Bracciale in argento e labradorite
Bracciale in argento e labradorite
Raspini, orecchini in argento e labradorite
Raspini, orecchini in argento e labradorite
Orecchini in argento e labradorite della collezione Via Lattea
Orecchini in argento e labradorite della collezione Via Lattea
Orecchini pendenti in argento e labradorite
Orecchini pendenti in argento e labradorite
Orecchini pendenti in argento e labradorite
Collana della collezione Via Lattea

Pendenti in argento e labradorite
Pendenti in argento e labradorite