In 2008 Trollbeads introduced the first release of Precious Stone Beads. It was the beginning of what would become a very strong category for Trollbeads. Designed by Lise Aagaard, they are faceted beads made entirely of stone with the standard Trollbeads silver core. The stone beads are roughly 13 mm x 6 mm which makes them wider than the glass Trollbeads and taller than the Prism glass Trollbeads. Each facet is cut into the raw stone as a diamond cutter would cut a diamond and for this reason the Precious Stone beads create a totally new reflection for your Trollbead jewelry. The Prism beads have facets but Prisms are glass beads created in a mold so the facets have softer edges and aren’t as sharp and reflective as the facets in the stone beads.
One of my favorites is the Labradorite Precious Stone Bead. Although the color of the stone is gray with streaks of black veining, the stone displays an array of colors according to the angle of light refraction. This is what makes this one stone so much more fascinating to people. The arrays of colors that “flash” within the stone can be greens, blues, pinks and yellows. The flash is referred to as “Labradorescence”. Troll collectors are always on the hunt for the flash colors that go with a particular color theme Trollbead bracelet but they end up being more and more charmed by the unpredictability of the flashes and the color ends up not mattering as much. Each stone seems to speak to the person selecting it.
Labradorite, sometimes referred to as spectrolyte, is a mineral that belongs to the plagioclase feldspar group. The chemical elements are a combination of sodium, calcium, silicone and aluminum. This mineral distinguishes itself through its mysterious and captivating iridescent glow and each Labradorite Trollbead will have it. I have personally seen all four color families as mentioned above, but I have also seen the exterior of the stone come in light grays to very dark grays. On the Mohrs Scale, which ranks the hardness of stones on a scale from 1 to 10 with 10 being the diamond, Labradorite is a 6.5. Labradorite ranks at the top of the semi-precious stones in both brilliance and hardness.
I have enjoyed researching the various stones and discovering the different meanings each stone has. There is so much legend and lore to stones and I can see why Trollbeads has chosen to add stones to the line as so many of the Troll beads are developed from lore and legends. For many centuries, the occult used labradorite to relieve conditions such as headaches, depression and anxiety. The curative powers of labradorite heal illnesses associated with the eyes, brain and the intestinal tract. In today’s world Labradorite is considered a “power” stone. Having the stone will allow you to see through layers and illusions to determine what your actual dreams are. It is also believed that labradorite will strengthen your intuitive powers, stimulate your imagination and creativity and also help you to develop new ideas through deeper interest and enthusiasm. As a talisman Labradorite helps you see more clearly, without distractions, in meditation. Do you have your Labradorite Trollbead yet? Trollbeads Gallery is happy to hunt for the best Labradorite bead for you and will send photographs if needed.
From the Trollbeads Description: This stone is also known as the transformation stone, or star stone. It is said to contain dust from the stars and the bluish-green iridescent light that shines from its heart, is the light from a star fog embedded there by alien creatures from strange worlds. It gives strength and constitution.