Gemstones/materials: Purple labradorite, rainbow moonstone, deer antler tip
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This piece is one in the Lights of the Aurora collection. The collection is based off ancient legend that labradorite was created from the frozen fires of the Northern Lights that were trapped inside the stone. Labradorite flashes include all the colors of the aurora, and while all are uniquely beautiful, solid deep purple is the rarest form.
How Its Made: Each stone is handpicked to meet my high standards, and is then carefully positioned with special attention paid to color, gemstone flash, angle, and how it will hang on the body. Ring bands and many other connective parts are hand formed and are then sculpted onto the stone with a permanent epoxy. In the areas where I would like metal to be, I paint each piece with an electrically conductive paint. The next step is to put a removable, protective covering on all stones. The necklace will then go through a process where it is submerged into an acid bath and the areas with the conductive paint will begin to grow a super strong layer of 100% pure copper. This growth process takes 12 - 36 hours for each piece, and I am sure to make adjustments along the way. After this is done, each piece is one by one hand polished, cleaned, oxidized, polished again, and then given a clear protective coating. After they are all dry and finished, they are ready to be added to high quality, beautiful chains :)