This is one spectacular necklace! If you love the red and blue combinations of colors and your love natural gemstones... this is a necklace for you.
Round blue Lapis Lazuli beads with a matte finish have been paired with shiny faceted nuggets of red Coral and some gorgeous hand made Tibetan brass beads with inlaid Lapis and Coral chips. These Tibetan beads are beautifully hand crafted using techniques handed down by generations of artisans. Many of these artisans are in exile and have made a home in Nepal, where they make a living creating these works of art. The various beads are highlighted and separated by tiny brass-plated pyrite beads.
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.
Coral beads have played a significant part in jewelry throughout history. People of many cultures thought that red coral provided protection from fire and violence.
Length: Necklace 20 inches.
Beading Wire: 0.19"/49 strand clear-coated stainless steel professional quality beading wire with 14K gold-fill crimps, wire guards and crimp covers.
Bead size: 12 x 13 mm oval and 12 x 17 mm barrel shaped Tibetan beads, 10 x 12 mm Coral nuggets and 12 mm round Lapis beads.
Earrings: Please email me if interested in matching earrings.
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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