Labradorite Frog

Daphne Quam and Leland Boone


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Leland Boone and his wife, Daphne Quam, link two of the most revered fetish-carving names in Zuni.

This abstract frog fetish is nicely carved, in the old way; recognizable, but abstract, following the style of Leland’s mother, Lena Boone.

It is decorated with tiny dots of natural red coral, thanks to Daphne, which adds to its allure.

However, the glory of this sleek symbol of fertility and good luck (frogs live in and around water) lies in the material from which it is carved.

Natural Labradorite is found in igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks, but most commonly occurs in mafic igneous rocks, like basalt.  The iridescence, known as labradorescence,  does not come from the surface of the stone, but rather from light entering the stone, striking a twinning surface within the stone, and reflecting from it.

Deliciously smooth to the touch, the seemingly dark brownish/black stone is highly polished.

But – as the light hits the frog’s back and legs, incandescent, coppery hues appear, along with some accents of bright blue and green,

The dark, solid stone seems to become opalescent, like a magnificent sunset flaming through dark clouds.

It all depends on the light, and how it hits the frog, so you will have fun playing around with it.

A wonderful carving, using a spectacular stone, by carvers from renowned families.

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