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Gem of an idea

If you are a self-confessed shopaholic and have a weakness for gems and jewellery,then you would have spotted a blue-grey stone scattering colours like a tropical butterfly at the fairs and exhibits being held around town.

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE |
March 30, 2009 3:13:09 am

Investment in the high-end Labradorite is worth it!

If you are a self-confessed shopaholic and have a weakness for gems and jewellery,then you would have spotted a blue-grey stone scattering colours like a tropical butterfly at the fairs and exhibits being held around town. Though this stone was used by the natives of Maine for decoration even before the year 1000,it was only in 1770 that Labradorite got its name. This plagioclase feldspar is named after the peninsula in Canada – Paul’s island Labrador where it was originally found. Labradorite is a translucent to transparent mineral that occurs in crystalline masses and occasionally in tabular. Labradorite’s principal base colour is blue,but it can occur in a wide variety of colours like green,orange,red and yellow. These are gemstone varieties from Madagascar and the transparent varieties from India. The variants from Finland that exhibit high amount of iridescence are sometimes referred as Spectrolite. Another variety comes from Mexico that can be faceted. Based on the most prominent colour they are named as Yellow,Red Labradorite etc.

According to an Inuit legend,the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) were once upon a time enslaved in the rocks along the coast of Labrador and a wandering Eskimo warrior tried to free the captivated lights with the mighty blow of his spear. Most of the light escaped and the remaining tapped in the rocks breathed the beautiful mineral christened Labradorite. The spectacular stone has been revered mostly for promoting intuitive senses. Today,the gemstone is wearable with dresses of both Indian and Western sensibilities. It has been used in all types of jewellery,from South West jewellery patterns to Victorian jewellery. It may be successfully incorporated by designers with white or yellow gold or brilliant diamonds. The pricing of the gemstone depends upon the spectral colour displayed by it,quality of material and the stone’s transparency. All conditions met,the stone might command as much as $1,000 per carat and more. Investment in the high-end Labradorite is definitely in and worth it.

(The writer is a city-based researcher specialising in jewellery art and can be contacted at sameeraahaan02@gmail.com)

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