These extra-luxe labradorite leaves are so beautiful! The carved details bring the already-stunning labradorite to a whole new level. The stones are suspended from handmade components that are part of my signature "Iris" design. These earrings are 14kt gold-filled and they measure 1 and 11/16" in total length, including the handmade ear wires.
Labradorite is a variety of feldspar, just like moonstone – but it is a plagioclase variety while moonstone is orthoclase. Did you know that most “Oregon Sunstone” is simply labradorite, with copper inclusions that give it its burnt orange color? Rainbow moonstone is also a variety of labradorite. Labradorite is famous for its “flash,” or labradorescence, that can be seen when tilting the stone at different angles. This is light reflecting off surfaces where two crystals grew together. It’s named for Labrador, Canada, where it was discovered. Labradorite is not treated.
What does gold-filled mean?
Gold-filled components start with a base metal core and have a (usually 14kt) real gold coating, bonded to the core with heat and pressure. The component must be at least 5% gold by weight. This is NOT the same as gold plating. Unlike plated gold, gold-filled items are likely to last a lifetime and the gold will not wear off.