What a perfect pairing of beads! Matte finished round Lapis Lazuli beads are paired with oh so beautifully hand made brass capped Lapis Lazuli beads from Nepal. These brass capped are handcrafted by Tibetan artisans living in exile in Nepal. Since these beads are individually hand made there is slight variations in size and shape, but all just gorgeous and beautiful. These artisans use traditional hand crafting techniques that have been passed down through generations, skills and beads to be treasured in our modern world. Lapis Lazuli is by far my favorite natural gemstone. Nothing else comes close with its intense deep blue color, its specks of gold (fool's gold) but sparkling none the less. A necklace fit for a princess, a queen, a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter, you!
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.
Length: Necklace 18.75 inches.
Beading Wire: 0.19"/49 strand clear-coated stainless steel professional quality beading wire with 14K gold-fill crimps and crimp covers.
Bead size: 10 x 14 mm Tibetan beads and 10 mm round beads.
Earrings: On 14 K gold fill ear wires with a single Tibetan bead dangle. ! and 3/8th inches from your piercing.
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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