Orange Labradorite Earrings
Orange Labradorite Earrings

Orange labradorite is not common. The stones in these earrings are cut from material found in Labrador, Canada.

The side of the cut stone has been slightly bevelled, and the surrounding sterling silver is "upset" or "flowed" into contact with this. The result is mechanically secure (no glue is used).  This method yields a feeling of thickness and substance and clean surrounds to the stone.

Because labradorite cleaves easily, the back of the stones themselves are glued to a layer of sterling. The raw materials are: the sterling-backed orange labradorites, and a 3mm. thick sheet of sterling silver.
Two strips of sterling sheet are cut to shape.
Because labradorite cleaves easily, the back of the stones themselves are glued to a layer of sterling. The raw materials are: the sterling-backed orange labradorites, and a 3mm. thick sheet of sterling silver.
Two strips of sterling sheet are cut to shape.
Vertical-sided openings in the metal are very precisely cut to the outline of the stones. After an exact fit is achieved, a sterling "table" is soldered into the back of each opening.
The sterling around the stones is depressed by being carefully and firmly tapped. This forces the metal to displace sideways. Given precise preparation, the metal moves and contacts the stone along the very top of its bevelled edge.
Vertical-sided openings in the metal are very precisely cut to the outline of the stones. After an exact fit is achieved, a sterling "table" is soldered into the back of each opening.
The sterling around the stones is depressed by being carefully and firmly tapped. This forces the metal to displace sideways. Given precise preparation, the metal moves and contacts the stone along the very top of its bevelled edge.
All evidence of the tapping is carefully filed off (a good way to protect the stone is to use files with safety edges and to work with one's fingernail firmly between the stone and the file). Measurements are taken to meet the customer's wishes.
The final shape and dimensions are sculpted back and polished while the earrings are straight. A small amount of hammering partly work-hardens the area on each earring that will become the crook-shaped wire.
All evidence of the tapping is carefully filed off (a good way to protect the stone is to use files with safety edges and to work with one's fingernail firmly between the stone and the file). Measurements are taken to meet the customer's wishes.
The final shape and dimensions are sculpted back and polished while the earrings are straight. A small amount of hammering partly work-hardens the area on each earring that will become the crook-shaped wire.
The finished pair. The wires are bent to their final crook-shape and polished.
The finished pair. The wires are bent to their final crook-shape and polished.

Earrings

18 k. white with Moonstones
18 k. w. and Moonstones
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$640
14 k. w. and Tourmalines
14 k. w. and Tourmaline
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$580
14 k. squares with Diamonds
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$590
Floral with Pastel Amethyst Beads
Floral with Pastel Amethyst Beads
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$595
14 k. with Amethyst Beads
14 k. with Amethyst Beads
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$440
14 k. with Emeralds
14 k. with Emeralds
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$680
14 k. with Honey Tigereye
14 k. with Honey Tigereye
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$490
14 k. with Diamonds
14 k. with Diamonds
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$590
Slightly Concave
Slightly Concave
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$179
Twisted and Straight Wire Pattern
Twisted and Straight Wire Pattern
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$169
14 k. white gold with Tahiti Pearls
14 k. white gold with Tahiti pearls
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2013
14 k. with Garnets
14 k. with Garnets
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2013
Orange Labradorite Crook-style
Orange Labradorite Earrings
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2012
14 k. with Amethyst
14 k. with Amethyst
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2009
Chrysoprase
Chrysoprase Earrings
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2008
14 k. Classic
14 k. Classic
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2008
Beach-stone and Diamond Crook-style
Beach-stone and Diamond Crook-style
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2007
Labradorite, Tumbled, Dangles
Labradorite, Tumbled, Dangles
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2006
Turquoise Crook-style
Turquoise Crook-style
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2005
Lapis Lazuli Beads
Lapis Lazuli Beads
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2005
Turquoise and Pyrite Beads
Turquoise and Pyrite Beads
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2005
Mother of Pearl Beads
Mother of Pearl Beads
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2005
Onyx Bead Studs
Onyx Bead Studs
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2005
Diamond Dangles in 14 k. y.
Diamond Dangles in 14 k. y.
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2004
Lapis Lazuli Dangles in 18 k. y.
Lapis Lazuli Dangles in 18 k. y.
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2002
Aquamarine Studs
Aquamarine Studs
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1999
Garnet Studs in 14 k. y.
Garnet Studs in 14 k. y.
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1999
Amethyst Studs
Amethyst Studs
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1999
Labradorite Studs, Four-sided Shape
Labradorite Studs, Four-sided Shape
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1998
Pearls in 14 k y. Spiral Studs
Pearls in 14 k y. Spiral Studs
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1997
Gypsy Style Dangles
Gypsy Style Dangles
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1995
Pearls in 14 k. y. Crook-style spirals
Pearls in 14 k. y. Crook-style spirals
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1983