Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Do I really need to say anything about this cabochon?

I stopped and stared when I saw amazingly intense blue and iridescent labradorites at one of the dealers at the gem show I visited this past weekend. At first I couldn't believe that they were real. Most labradorites are grey or yellowish-green with some flash. But not these. I actually asked the dealer if they were dyed! (No they're not.) They came from Madagascar and the dealer bought every piece available.

The above is an unedited photo. I didn't change the color, contrast, or anything. This is exactly what the stone looks like. At a hefty 1 by 2 inches, it is jaw-droppingly gorgeous.

And next, how about this little demure rock below. Imagine the possibilities with this 2 1/2 inch lovely. The shape of this stone is so versatile. It can stand out alone in the simplest of settings, yet it would be wonderful paired with a complimentary piece. (Hmmm, perhaps some moonstone?)
Not only are the front views of these labradorite breathtaking, but the backs of these stones are equally wonderful. When I set them as cabochons, I'll definately cut out the silver backing to display them.

Unfortunately, my budget forced me to stop at this point. But I did get one additional stone. It came from another mine and is not as blue, but it has an impressive shimmer. At about an inch in length, it'll be perfect for a ring:



I still have lots of stones I bought to show you. I think tomorrow it'll be some more jasper. I have some Rainforest Jasper from Australia and some Picture Jasper from Arizona. I fell in love with them and I think you might too.




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14 Comments:

  1. TeriB said...
    Bead pron...I agree! That fantastic blue is incredible! Too bad you couldn't buy everything he had! Teri
    http://www.sandtcreations.com/wordpress
    Melissa said...
    I love Labradorite too, especially the finer quality stones. You have some beauties. I have only one quality one in my collection.
    Hot Rocks said...
    Those are beautiful stones! that blue is amazing.
    HouseThatCrowBuilt said...
    OOOO ahhh! I love 'em! I cannot wait to see what you do with them.
    sassyglassdesigns said...
    Beautiful stones...that first labradorite is one of the prettiest I have seen. Boy, are you going to have fun....keep the bead porn coming.
    Contrariwise said...
    I'm actually afraid to set them. I don't think I have the skills to do them justice.
    Contrariwise said...
    TeriB,
    LOL I would have LOVED to have bought every piece.
    AnvilArtshop said...
    WOW... which gem/mineral show were you at again?? I think I need to go!
    raquel roysdon said...
    gorgeous awww
    Contrariwise said...
    AnvilArtshop,
    The show was in Indianapolis. Here's their website http://www.toteshows.com/

    :( No shows in Ontario.
    Tammy's Treasure Chest said...
    OMG! It's GORGEOUS! I'm sooo jealous!
    Jo said...
    OMG! They are incredibly gorgeous, especially the first one. Not jealous, not jealous, not jealous......
    CastoCreations said...
    SOOOOOOOO jealous!!! I LOVE Labradorite. And that first stone is drop dead gorgeous. Me want!!! =)
    Contrariwise said...
    Honestly, that photo is EXACTLY what the labrodorite looks like. I've never seen anything like it. So incredibly blue with amazing flash.

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