Bright blue and bold faceted nuggets of natural Lapis Lazuli form this striking bracelet with two attention grabbing carved natural Turquoise beads. One bead is placed asymmetrically on the bracelet while the other hangs charm like on the golden brass toggle. This Turquoise bead is further embellished with a dangling tassel made 14K gold-filled chain. The earrings are made from a pair of chunky Lapis Lazuli nuggets, each with a tassel dangling from it, lots of movement, lots of fun!
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.
Turquoise is associated with gods and goddesses of many ancient cultures from China, the Middle East, and the Americas. It was worn by Pharoahs and Aztec Kings. Native Americans used the stone symbolizing the sea and sky coming together, to bless warriors and hunters. Turquoise is thought to attract prosperity and success, enhance creativity and communication. Turquoise is the alternate birthstone for December. Almost all turquoise has been treated with a transparent resin in order to stabilize it, as it is a fragile stone in an untreated state.
Length: 8.25 inches to fit a 7.5 to 7.75 inch wrist.
Beading Wire: 0.19"/49 strand clear-coated stainless steel professional quality beading wire with 14K gold-fill crimps and crimp covers.
Bead size: roughly 10 x 12 x 17 mm (0.4 x 0.5 x 0.65 inch) faceted Lapis Lazuli nuggets; 18 mm (0.7 inch) carved Turquoise beads.
Earrings: on 14K gold filled lever back earrings, 2 and 5/8th inches total length.
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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