Labradorite Slabs

I am considering offering Labradorite slabs soon in our shop.

I am considering offering Labradorite slabs soon in our shop.

These will be offered in a rough finished form for use by Lapidaries to create their own cabochons.

The rough slabs would be approximately 6mm thick and would vary is other dimensions according to the rough it was cut from.

I can also offer these Labradorite slabs with one face polished for display purposes or I can create completely finished cabochons.

The finished Labradorite cabochons would be ideal for use by jewellery designers and could be custom made if required.

However, before I embark on this project I would like to gauge the interest in the UK market.

I am aware that many Lapidaries own smaller rock saws and are limited in what they can do with rough by the size of their saw. However, with the slabs I am proposing they would be able to be trimmed on a smaller saw as well.

Please let me know if you would be interested in Labradorite slabs as described above by posting a comment.

Thanks

Dave

Labradorite Cabochon Wrapped In 925 Sterling Silver Wire

I selected two of the Labradorite freeform cabochons from the first batch I had recently created, I was looking for the two that had the best display of labradorecense.

I selected two of the Labradorite freeform cabochons from the first batch I had recently created, I was looking for the two that had the best display of labradorecense. Having selected these it was time to set about wrapping them in 925, 21 gauge sterling silver wire. For these Labradorite pendants I used both square and half round wire.

I spent a lot of time finding the correct orientation for these cabs to ensure that there would be a good display of the labradorecense when they are worn as pendants, having established this it was time to start wrapping.

The first is an oval shaped freeform which presented some challenges in terms of securing the cabochon in a manner that prevents the wire from hiding the beauty of the Labradorite, as you can see from the picture below this was achieved by keeping most of the wire around the edges of the cab with just a few bends to actually hold the cab in place.

Large wrapped freeform Labradorite cabochon

This pendant is now for sale on http://www.jewellerybyshalini.co.uk

The second cab presented more of challenge because the best position to show off the labradorecense effect was a bit unconventional, but as you can see I settled on staying with the having the vast majority of the wire wrapping around the edges of the stone and then just a bend at each corner to secure the cabochon. The top of the stone did pose a few problems but by creating the bail first I was able to get everything tight and then just made a small bend at the front and back to secure the top of the cabochon in place.

Wire wrapped Labradorite Freeform Cabochon

Labradorite jewellery is perhaps one of the most beautiful one can create but because the labradorecense effect can only be seen in certain orientations, it offers many challenges both when creating the cabochon and the finished piece of jewellery, but these challenges are what make it such a rewarding stone to work with.