Well made necklace with polished Lapis stones along with Amethyst quarts stone, and glass beads with Sterling Silver pendant and chain. Unique and very nice. There is a knot between each stone or glass bead. Nicley strung. The stones range in size to 1/8 inch of polished amethyst quartz to larger 3/4 inch polished Lapis stones to Glass beads of white and clear. Beautiful in the colors of purple, Lapis blue with white and clear. The silver pendant attached to the beads and part of the design, is sterling silver and marked 925 Thailand. It hangs 22 inches and total of about 60 inches of nice polished lapis and quartz, and glass beads. The clasp is also marked 925.
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.
The Amethyst come for a quartz and yields varying degrees of lavender colors.
This necklace is from an estate of jewelry where the pieces were mostly admired and seldom worn, if at all. In perfect condition and new like condition.