Good day to all you fine folks. I am quite pleased to be sharing with you pictures of my (very nearly) completed labradorite piece which I’ve named “Rainbow Slice”. I cabbed it from a single piece of labradorite (sourced from Madagascar), mostly by hand, but using a handheld diamond-coated rotary tool for the finer parts of the process. I intended for it to be a drilled or wire wrapped pendant but it will end up being a signature chop instead.
As you can see, it starts as a plain looking rock. I use a tiling stone (60/80) and rough grit sandpaper (silicon dioxide grit, 100) to do the shaping.
As the best angles become clearer, I work those down to where they produce the most colorful internal reflection, called labradorescence (a type of iridescence). A lot of labradorite looks labradorescent from a few narrow angles. The shaping and polishing should, ideally, bring it out to shine from a wider range of angles.
It’s going to be a chop, but because there were small cracks, I coated the bottom with a thin polymer layer. That, I hope will prevent cracking when the monogram is carved.