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Natural labradorite carved unicorn
Natural labradorite carved unicorn
Natural labradorite carved unicorn
Natural labradorite carved unicorn
Natural labradorite carved unicorn
Natural labradorite carved unicorn
Natural labradorite carved unicorn
Natural labradorite carved unicorn
Natural labradorite carved unicorn
Natural labradorite carved unicorn
Natural labradorite carved unicorn

Natural labradorite carved unicorn

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Beautiful matte labradorite carved unicorn. This piece is gorgeous and photos do it no justice! 

 

          Natural labradorite quartz carved unicorn

Material

Natural labradorite

 Weight

248g

 Length

75mm 

 Width

28mm

 

height

96mm

 

Labradorite is a feldspar mineral of the plagioclass series that is most often found in mafic igneous rocks such as basalt, gabbro, and norite. It is also found in anorthosite, an igneous rock in which labradorite can be the most abundant mineral.

Some specimens of labradorite exhibit a schiller effect, which is a strong play of iridescent blue, green, red, orange, and yellow colors as shown in the photographs. Labradorite is so well known for these spectacular displays of color that the phenomenon is known as "labradorescence." Specimens with the highest quality labradorescence are often selected for use as gemstones.

Labradorescence is not a display of colors reflected from the surface of a specimen. Instead, light enters the stone, strikes a twinning surface within the stone, and reflects from it. The color seen by the observer is the color of light reflected from that twinning surface. Different twinning surfaces within the stone reflect different colors of light. Light reflecting from different twinning surfaces in various parts of the stone can give the stone a multi-colored appearance.