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1998 Harold O'Connor Born: Utica, New York 1941 silver and spectrolite 21 1/4 x 2 x 1/2 in. (54.0 x 5.1 x 1.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mobilia Gallery 1998.111.4 Not currently on view

Luce Center Quote

“I love [Spectrolite] because it has more color than anything else I’ve ever seen.” The artist, quoted in Lapidary Journal, November 1996

Luce Center Label

Harold O’Connor first encountered the brilliant, iridescent Spectrolite (also referred to as labradorite) while he was a student in Finland. His challenge was twofold: to find an appropriate cut to preserve the mineral’s unique color and create a setting to hold the oddly shaped stone.


decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

metal - silver

stone - spectrolite