Moonstone and Labradorite – Semi precious gems that play with light
In 2018 we introduced a new Canadian jewellery designer, Kim Paddon from Newfoundland. Her company, Dory Blue from Sparkes Design features one of a kind Labradorite and Moonstone jewellery. Both of these semiprecious gemstones, whether in their natural raw or polished form, create a shine, a flash, an aura, a rainbow, a magical effect when reflected in the light or as it moved from side to side.
Labradorite (calcium sodium feldspar) is found in igneous rock and is a gemstone named after the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, where it was found. It was officially discovered on the Isle of Paul, Near Nain in 1770 by Moravian missionaries, who named it Labradorite. Prior to that ancient Inuit legends say that it was created when the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) became trapped inside the rocks and an Inuit warrior took his spear and freed the lights so it scattered throughout the rocks. They called it a “fire stone” and would use its powdered form to cure ailments.
Each piece of labradorite is unique and locked inside the gems are a variety of hues, colours, brightness and flash. The labradorescence refers to the quality and brilliance of each piece. Its blue sheen is called “royal blue”. It can also have a multicoloured sheen, which is called “rainbow” because of the inclusions of minerals such as hematite and copper which create a wide range of colour. Labradorite can be found in Finland, Norway, Australia, Costa Rica, Germany, Mexico, Russia, the United States, Madagascar and Canada.
Moonstone (potassium sodium), like labradorite is also part of the feldspar mineral group which covers approximately 45 percent of the Earth’s crust. It is known as Labradorite’s “sister” but is not a type of labradorite. Moonstone can be translucent to semitransparent. It has a lower reflective index and blue and white are the only colours of its’ sheen. Due to the thin layers, light is scattered between the layers and creates a magical aura. This is called adularescence.
In Eastern cultures it was thought that moonstone held a living spirit within it and that it would bring good fortune. The Roman and Greeks believed that moonstone had healing properties. It was a gem of the gods. It was also used extensively in Edwardian and Art Nouveau periods. In India it is called a “dream stone” as it is thought that if you put it under your pillow you will have beautiful dreams. Moonstone is found in Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Madagascar, Brazil, Australia and India.
When wearing labradorite and moonstone, the play of light creates the natural beauty in each piece. Sparkes Design’s Labradorite and Moonstone jewellery is encased in either hand brushed or shiny 925 sterling silver. Kim has travelled the world and works with multi-generational artisans to source, select and design these beautiful pieces. Sparkes Design truly recognizes the “artistry of nature” and the beauty of these gemstones.