Coiled Labradorite pendent
This teardrop labradorite cabochon gemstone shows off best on it's backside. Its high-domed front has just a small amount of "labradorescence," with most of the schiller effect on the back.
Wire wrapped in pure copper wires with a "coiled coil" frame, securely anchored to reveal as much of the stone as possible, I attempted to make this pendent reversible but the dome is clearly the front.
This finished pendent is less than 2.5 inches tall and under 1.25 inches wide. It comes without a chain, but I can provide one upon request.
The back of the stone did not come to me with a high polish, so I "sealed" the back with clear lacquer to allow the labradorescence to fully shine through, and antiqued the copper for an Old World look.
This gemstone can display an iridescent optical effect (or schiller) known as labradorescence. Labradorescence is not a display of colors reflected from the surface of a specimen. Instead, light enters the stone, strikes a twinning surface within the stone, and reflects from it. The color seen by the observer is the color of light reflected from that twinning surface. Different twinning surfaces within the stone reflect different colors of light. Light reflecting from different twinning surfaces in various parts of the stone can give the stone a multi-colored appearance. Diffraction combined with interference give rise to dramatic color blocks, which may shift with viewing angle.
From a metaphysical perspective, Labradorite is said to have mystical properties that may enhance intuition and bring deeper spiritual consciousness.