Labradorite Oval

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Oval labradorite with Viking knit frame embellished with further labradorite beads. The approximately 60mm pendent is suspended from a tarnish resistant silver plated copper Viking knit with added hand crafted toning chain with a length of about 470mm.

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Description

Labradorite is also known as Spectrolite and is a Feldspar mineral.  The stone was identified about 1770.  It gets its name from where it was first found in Labrador, Canada. The variety of Labradorite stone found in Finland in the 1940's is usually called Spectrolite

Labradorite stone, with its flash of colour is mined mainly in Africa, Australia, Canada, Finland, India, Madagascar, Newfoundland, New South Wales, Romania, Russia, Scandinavia and several locations in the United States.  The iridescent sparkle may not be seen at all angles, so be sure to hold the stone up to the light and rotate it slowly.

Labradorite is a semi-precious stone that some believe can help reduce anxiety, build perseverance, and strengthen psychic abilities.

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Viking knit technique

A method of working precious metal wire into a flexible chain using simple tools and thought to have started around the 9th century AD.  There are many examples of this work on display at the British Museum.  The tools used are a wooden dowel, similar to the handle of a wooden spoon, a sharp object such as a nail and a draw plate.  The draw plate is a hardwood paddle with various size holes drilled through and used to finish the chain to an even width.  Lengths of soft wire are ‘knitted’ around the dowel until the desired length is achieved; in the 9th century that would probably be when the silver was used up.  The result is then taken off the dowel and pulled through the largest and succeeding smaller holes on the plate until flexible.  The chain might also have been used as a means of payment as a section could be cut off without the whole chain unravelling.

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