This labradorite briolette bead features an elongated teardrop shape and is fully rounded and faceted around its entire surface, giving it an attractive light-catching quality that looks great when used for pendants, drops and earrings. It's vertically half-drilled, making this bead an ideal choice for pendant and earring designs, either used individually or combined with an assortment of other colors of gemstone beads and pearls—it looks especially good with silver findings. Use jeweler’s epoxy to secure the bead on a peg.
Labradorite displays a unique reflection of light that is known as 'labradorescence.' This effect is due to geometric planes within the mineral structure at a submicroscopic level that are almost always oriented in one direction, but in such a way that they cannot be expressed by simple indices. Because of this, light reflecting from these planes produces an optical effect uniquely characteristic of this stone.