There's something special about labradorite with it's flashy colors. Paired with dark silver, pyrite and white topaz it becomes almost magical. I created this pendant by hand, dreaming up the design and using metalsmithing and wirework techniques to make the design come to life.
The labradorite is set in a fine silver bezel that is soldered to a sterling silver backplate. At the top of the teardrop-shaped metal, I soldered a thick gauge of sterling silver wire. The wire ends in a loop which is soldered closed. Just beneath the loop I soldered another bezel to hold the faceted white topaz. Along the thick silver wire between the two stones I wirewrapped tiny pyrite beads using a very fine gauge of wire. Since all the stones and beads are faceted there's a lot of sparkle going on!
Total length of pendant is 2 inches and at it's widest point, the base of the labradorite, it's just under 1/2 an inch.
The pendant has a dark patina for a gorgeous contrast to the sparkle of the stones.
The chain is also patinaed dark. The chain fastens with a handcrafted hook and clasp created from sterling silver wire. I have the pendant on a 17-inch chain.