This necklace features incredibly beautiful Lapis round beads (14mm) in a deep indigo color, polished to perfection. Muted golden pyrite intrusions add to the overall dimension. Tibetan silver accents and an ornate hook clasp complete the design.
Overall length of the necklace is 19" plus a 2" extension chain for comfortable sizing.
Handcrafted - One of a kind.
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Known for its blue color, Lapis Lazuli has been a highly valued stone for many thousands of years. The Latin "lapis" meaning stone, and the word "lazuli" coming from the Persian/Arabic lazhward or blue (as in "azure") were put together to create a name that means "blue stone" or stone of azure.
Lapis Lazuli is rare and only found in only a few places including Chile, Baffin Islands, United States, Siberia, and Afghanistan where it occurs in large deposits. Lapis has always been fashioned as beads and cabochons, carved into exquisite articles of ornament, or used in inlays and mosaics. In Egypt and Sumeria it was ground and used as eye shadow, or set in protective amulets and other jewelry. Romans ingested the ground lapis powder in food and drink as an aphrodisiac and as an antidote to poison.
As an ancient gem, Lapis Lazuli has a facinating history. This semi-precious mineral was usually used for artworks of great importance such as the funeral mask of Tutankhamun and the decoration of the Taj Mahal. It was said to be the stone of rulers and to represent power and some ancient cultures actually valued Lapis Lazuli as much as or more than gold.
Lapis Lazuli was believed to give good judgement and insight, enhance wisdom, and stimulate inner vision and promote peace of mind. It was also believed by some that wearing Lapis Lazuli would protect the wearer from evil. A saying of the ancient Sumerian priests states. "He who carries with him into battle an amulet of Lapis carries with him the presence of his god." Legend tells that the 10 Commandments were carved on stones of Lapis Lazuli.
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