Labradorite Faceted Teardrop Earrings
Labradorite (also called Spectrolite sometimes) is a considered by mystics to be a stone of transformation. It is said to clear, balance and protect the aura. It is purported to help provide clarity and insight into your destiny, as well as attract success. It is used in metaphysics for dream recall, and finding ways to use dreams in daily life. Mystically, energies of stress and anxiety are reduced by labradorite. Labradorite is said to increase intuition, psychic development, esoteric wisdom, help with subconscious issues, and provide mental illumination. Labradorite is associated with the solar plexus and brow chakras.
Labradorite is the gemstone of magic, and it awakens in those who carry or wear it the awareness on one's innate magical powers. The term 'magic' refer to the mental and intuitive abilities which include but are not limited to clairvoyance, telepathy, astral travel, prophecy, psychic reading, access to akashic records, past-life recall, communication to the higher guides and spirits, and coincidence control. 'Coincidence control' is the practice of increasing the observe degree of synchronicity and serendipity in one's life. Labradorite is a stone ideally suited to facilitating the enhancement of these abilities. It is an interdimensional stone, emanating an energy which helps one to consciously pierce the veil between our waking world and the many domains and planes of inner awareness. It is a gemstone of adventure, for it offers one the chance to embark upon a multitude of voyages self discovery. It is said that a tyrant wants power over others and a true magician desires power only over himself or herself. In wearing or working with Labradorite, one disconnects from any tendencies to attempt to control others, while one bonds deeply with the knowledge that self-mastery is the path of true fulfillment.
Wearing Labradorite as a pendant or necklace can center one in constant awareness of the multiplayers of reality. In bracelet or rings, Labradorite can enhance the sending and receiving of the impulses of all varieties of magic. In earrings it can especially enhance one's hearing the messages of one's spirit guides. Place on the third eye in meditation, Labradorite can facilitate visionary experiences of the future, the past, and the many inner domains of time and timelessness.
Labradorite harmonizes with most other Feldspars, including Moonstone, Sunstone, Spectrolite and Golden Labradorite. Moonstone brings in emotional balance and the vibration of the Divine Feminine. Sunstone and Golden Labradorite assist in opening the lower chakras during magical practices and in manifestation through magic. Spectrolite works with one's 'Rainbow Body' to enhance awareness of the higher realms.
SPIRITUAL Labradorite assist one in moving between realities and connections with unseen realms. It enhances psychic abilities and increase one's capacity to visualize and perceive with the inner eye. Labradorite is particularly useful for magical and ritual work and acts as psychic protection for those who travel and serve on other levels of reality.
EMOTIONAL Labradorite can aid in uncovering unconscious and unconscious belief patterns that generate unpleasant emotional states. It can help one to become clearly aware the source beliefs, self-talk and ego influence on one's habitual emotional states.
PHYSICAL Labradorite can help reveal the nature of 'mystery illnesses.' It can show the patterns that have created disease and can amplify one's healing thoughts and prayers.
AFFIRMATION I call forth the magic of higher awareness.
Facets are flat faces on geometric shapes. The organization of naturally occurring facets was key to early developments in crystallography, since they reflect the underlying symmetry of the crystal structure. Gemstones commonly have facets cut into them in order to improve their appearance.
Of the many hundreds of facet arrangements that have been used, the most famous is probably the round brilliant cut, used for diamond and many colored gemstones. This arrangement of 57 facets was calculated by Marcel Tolkowsky in 1919. Slight improvements have been made since then, including the addition of a 58th facet (a culet) on the bottom of the stone. Since this is calculated to show maximum brilliance, round diamonds are rarely cut in any other arrangement, although recently the Princess cut is becoming popular. Other cuts, including "rose" cuts, are most typically found in antique jewelry. See diamond cuts for an in-depth discussion and diagrams of various shapes and ways of cutting faceted stones.
The art of cutting a gem with facets is a very precise activity. The aim with a faceted cut is to produce an article that sparkles with internally reflected light, and that shows off the "fire" of the stone. Accordingly, only transparent or translucent stones are usually faceted.
The angles between each facet are precisely calculated. As the aim is to maximise the effect of the internal reflections, these angles depend on the refractive index of the material. This means that although the name and general shape of a particular cut may be the same between different materials, the actual angles will be slightly different, for the maximum effect.
Thus, although cubic zirconia and rock crystal may look similar to diamond, and all can be cut in a round brilliant cut, the angles must be different to produce the same optical effects. Additionally, as diamond has a refractive index significantly higher than the other natural transparent stones, it can have a much greater sparkle than other materials.
While some facets can be cut by cleavage, specialised machines are used for cutting arbitrary facets. These consist of two main features:
a flat abrasive, usually diamond dust of precise size bonded onto a metal disk (called 'laps') or carried by an oily fluid on a smooth metal or ceramic disk, and
a system for holding a stone onto the disk at a precise angle and position.
This usually requires the stone to be attached to a holder or dop, which is then placed in an indexed vice. This allows progressively finer abrasives to be used without disrupting the orientation of the stone. The final abrasive must be smaller than the wavelength of light, so that the scratches it creates are invisible. Modern machines tend to have indexed gears for moving the stone, so that rotating the stone to cut the next facet can be more precisely controlled.
An older machine called the jamb peg faceting machine used wooden dop sticks of precise length. By placing one end into one of many precisely located holes in the jamb peg, the other end, with the stone, could be precisely placed onto the lap. These machines took considerable skill to use effectively.
Much less commonly, faceters use cylindrical machines, which leave concave facets. This technique is most noticeably used around the gem's girdle.