Vintage Estate Genuine Lapis Lazuli Graduated Bead Necklace
$95.00 Beautiful Lapis Lazuli necklace with polished stones that have variations of size. They are jelly bean shaped.. Lovely, and well made it is strung with silk cord. The Lapis Lazuli beads range from smallest at almost 1/2" to the largest at 5/8" or 18 mm x 13 mm . Total length is 22" of beautiful polished, Lapis Lazuli stones. Well made and quality piece. Each stone has its own shape and incursions of deep, dark blues. The small spacers are also lapis.. The clasp is unmarked silver tone with a lapis cabochon. Excellent condition.
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.
The rich deep blue stone supposedly gives way to clearer thinking and peace and calmness. It is a stone that should be worn by "thinkers" like writers, engineers and lawyers.
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