Lapis lazuli is an ancient gem, and as such, has a storied history. Egyptian cultures made a practice of burying a lapis lazuli scarab with their dead, and believed it to offer protection. The very earliest cultures valued lapis lazuli more highly than gold. Greeks spoke of an ancient sapphire which was included with gold, and this was unmistakenly lapis. Some believed that dreaming of lapis would foretell love that would be forever faithful. Lapis lazuli can be found in Chile, the Soviet Union, the United States, but most significantly from the mountains of Afghanistan.
This stunning bracelet, created by a master silversmith in Mexico, circa mid century, was executed in a timeless modern design. It is composed of five bezel mounted, round lapis lazuli cabochons attached by four hour-glass horizontal links and vertical hour-glass box closure with fold-over safety lock. The lapis cabochons measure 3/4" cross; the bracelet is 7" in length and 7/8" in width. It is stamped "925" on the tongue of the closure. Wonderful condition with no damages and nice patina.