I love the bold beads that make up this bracelet. Lovely rounds of blue Lapis Lazuli and bright orange barrels and rondelles of striped Sardonyx are separated by small granulated brass beads. At the brass toggle a charm made of the two stones delightfully dangles. Bright colors that are made to cheer up the wearer.
Lapis lazuli gets its name from the Latin and Persian (Iranian) words for `blue stone'. The color of this gemstone ranges from light blue to deep royal blue. The darker the blue the more valuable the gemstone. It is characterized by glittering specks of golden pyrite and imitation Lapis lazuli lacks the pyrite specks. This stone was associated by ancient Egyptians with deity and royalty, and also motherhood. It is thought to bring peace and cure depression. The best quality Lapis lazuli comes from Afghanistan, where it has been mined for centuries. It is also found in Russia and Colorado, USA.
Sardonyx is a variety of crystalline quartz. Also known as sardian onyx it is a blend of sard (shades of red) and onyx. The name of this stone is of course the combination of the names of two other healing stones, onyx and sard. Sardonyx is mainly found in Brazil. It is thought to be a stone of strength and protection.
Length: 7.25 inches. Using a measuring tape, measure snugly (not too tight) around the wrist just below the wrist bone. For adults add 3/4th inch to the measurement to determine the bracelet length.
Beading Wire: 0.18"/49 strand clear-coated stainless steel professional quality beading wire with 14 K gold fill and crimp covers.
Bead size: 12 mm Lapis rounds; 11 x 15 mm rondelles and, 14 x 18 mm barrels of Sardonyx.
Care: Clean with soft fabric, or non-abrasive polishing cloth. Avoid direct contact with perfumes, hairspray, and deodorants. Jewelry should be worn after application of cosmetics. Store wrapped in soft fabric or sealed in plastic bag.
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