Hummingbird Pendant in sterling silver setting. This one of a kind work of art features an intarsia Labradorite and Variscite cabochon with a yellow topaz gemstone to represent the eye. Hand-crafted sterling silver setting includes a bleu gemstone in the flower the hummingbird is feeding from. This is a one of a kind (ooak) art piece. I personally hand cut the gemstone, then hand forged the metalwork. This stone shows good flash but at certain angles.
Labradorite can produce a colorful play of light across cleavage planes and in sliced sections called labradorescence. The usually intense colors range from the typical blues and violets through greens, yellows and oranges. Some rare specimens display all these colors simultaneously.
The color display is from lamellar intergrowths inside the crystal. These intergrowths result from compatible chemistries at high temperatures becoming incompatible at lower temperatures and thus a separating and layering of these two phases. The resulting color effect is caused by a ray of light entering a layer and being refracted back and forth by deeper layers. This refracted ray is slowed by the extra travel through the layers and mixes with other rays to produce a light ray coming out that has a different wavelength than when it went in.
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