Thursday, February 28, 2008

Labradorite Barrel Earrings

Calcium sodium aluminum silicate.

Such a pretty mineral. It positively glows because of an effect known as "shiller." Also known as "labradorescence" the shiller needs to be seen in person to appreciate its beauty.

I usually pair labradorite with gold tones, because of the warmth the mineral expresses. For these earrings I have complemented the barrel beads of labradorite with champagne-colored freshwater pearls, Swarovski black diamond crystals and brass-plated pewter roundels. The French ear wires are 14k gold fill. The daisies under the barrell bead are gold vermeil.

These are available in my Etsy shop.

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