A stunning necklace with 106 lapis lazuli stone beads and a 14 karat white gold clasp marked with the makers initials JK8.
The necklace is 35 inches long.
The necklace is in excellent condition. The beads are all in perfect condition. There are no chips or cracks. The beads are well secured on a blue silk cord. Each stone is knotted separately. The white gold clasp is well secured and in very good working order.
The Lapis Lazuli stones are speckled with different shades of blue. It is easy to see why Cleopatra favoured this precious stone above all others and the ancient Pharaohs always had lapis lazuli adorning their crowns. The most famous Renaissance and Baroque artists ground lapis lazuli into powder to make ultramarine, the finest and most expensive of all blue pigments. Masaccio, Perugino, Titian and Vermeer all used this pigment for the clothing of the central figure in their paintings most notably the cloak of The Virgin Mary.
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