This blue and white motif necklace combines a floral pottery shard pendant with lapis lazuli, pale blue Swarovski crystals, and sterling silver. The necklace and earring combination is both lovely and striking. The blue and white floral pendant was created from pottery shards unearthed during excavations of Chinese porcelain factories, many of which dated from the Ming to Ching Dynasties. The teardrop shaped shard is set in a silver bezel and is suspended from a leaf-shaped necklace bail. It does show signs of age with some minor scuffing as is expected considering its source. The bezel is framed by a pair of small Hill Tribe sterling silver beads.
Dice-shaped and cross-corner drilled premium grade lapis lazuli beads lead away from the pendant. I alternated the deep blue lapis lazuli with light blue Swarovski bicone xillion crystals and separated the crystals and lapis with teeny Hill Tribe sterling silver beads. The shape of the lapis gives the Swarovski plenty of “breathing room” so the crystals really sparkle! Pairs of lighter blue denim lapis tube beads lead to the sterling silver hook clasp.
The earrings are created from lapis lazuli rounds caught between pairs of the Swarovski crystals. These elements are suspended within textured sterling silver frames which are shaped like teardrops and echo the shape of the pendant. The earrings hang from sterling silver French-style earwires and measure 2 ¼ inches from the piercing. The necklace measures 17 ½ inches in length.
Lapis lazuli was one of the first gemstones ever to be used in jewelry and was reserved for royalty. It is thought to be a stone of truth and friendship. It is also thought to bring peacefulness and harmony to relationships. This lovely necklace and earring combination with its blue and white motif can go anywhere, anytime, looking equally great with blue jeans or evening gowns. It is a necklace that loves sunlight, moonlight, or candlelight.