This bead embroidered labradorite necklace is part of my new “lunar” series, and it also gives a little nod to one of my favorite muses of all time. The central stone is a deep grey labradorite cabochon with flashes of green, amber and blue. It’s set in a hand beaded bezel of matte charcoal glass seed beads, sterling silver, freshwater pearls, faceted labradorite and hematite beads. At the base is a flashy faceted labradorite briolette, with a sterling silver wire wrap.
The neckline is a mix of glass beads and handmade sterling silver chain, accented with faceted labradorite and hematite beads. It’s adjustable from about 16″ – 19″ inches, and it fastens with a sterling silver lobster claw clasp. The pendant portion measures about 1.5″ wide by 2″ long, and it’s backed with black garment leather.
Folkloric properties (you’re free to believe or disbelieve these tidbits as you see fit; they’re simply included because so many people wear jewelry to symbolize ideas that are special to them):
Labradorite: The indigenous people of Newfoundland believed that the Northern Lights were trapped within this stone; with it’s gorgeous play of light and ethereal color, it’s easy to understand how they’d think it came from the aurora borealis. It’s believed to be a stone of transformation, imparting strength and tenacity in the face of change. It is said to strengthen intuition and insight, to bolster self esteem and trust, and to ease fear and worry.
Hematite: is said to be grounding and protective, and to improve focus.
Freshwater pearls: are believed to impart calmness, loyalty and integrity.