A bracelet of polished Lapis Lazuli and Amethyst quartz stones with sterling silver beads and a sterling clasp.
Marked "925" with pretty sterling beads on a bracelet of tumbled amethyst quartz stones and three lapis lazuli stones. Small pearl-like beads rest between each stone. I like the clasp, as they are easy to put on and take off. The bracelet is 7 inches and in perfect, unused but vintage condition.
Most of the Lapis Lazuli stones in commercial use today are altered by man to bring more stability and or color to the semi precious stone.
Lapis Lazuli is a semi precious stone and most is found in Afghanistan. Although, not really "mined" per se, it is found in caves. It is found in other pockets of the world, even Colorado and California.
Egyptians coveted the rich blue stone 4,000 BC and it was used for King Tuts Death Mask. A favorite of Cleopatra's as well, the stone could be crushed up and used for make up, applying it as eye shadow, for the Queen. When pulverized it can also be used as a rich blue paint, although expensive to use. It was reserved for paintings of important people like the Blessed Mother Mary, and kings. People of wealth would dye their robes in it, to get the rich, regal color that people identified as status. You had to be wealthy to acquire the dye from the semi precious stone.
Older versions of the Bible the "sapphires" are mentioned many times, but in reality, this was Lapis Lazuli which means "Blue Stone". Sapphires are mined and were not known in the time of Christ or the writing of the Bible.
The rich deep blue stone supposedly gives way to clearer thinking and peace. It is a stone that should be worn by "thinkers" like writers, engineers and lawyers.