Two 18 karat gold vermeil birds are suspended in front of this beautiful blue lapis teardrop pendant that is 2” long by 1 1/4” wide. The pendant drops from another lapis disc. Both of the lapis pieces have traces of naturally occurring gold flecks in the lapis.
The entire pendant drops 2 3/4” from a black natural leather cord that is adjustable from 16” to 32” so it can be worn a variety of lengths.
The bird is highly favored as a favorable sign. It represents the Oriental’s love of nature. Birds as pets are very important in China and many households have them. The Chinese prize the song bird especially and take very good care of them, feeding them fresh insects and taking them to the park every morning much as we would our pet dogs. It is very common the see the parks full of older men and women early the morning each with their own caged pet bird at their side.
Lapis has areas of gold of pyrite or white of calcite in the gemstone. Lapis has been used in jewelry for over 6000 years. It was a favorite stone used by the ancient Egyptians in their jewelry. For hundreds of years it has been ground into a powder to make the artists’ pigment ultramarine blue. It has been called the "sapphire" in Roman times and has been a favorite stone because of its beautiful blue color. The stone is becoming increasingly rare with its price rises steadily. It now costs more than gold and is the only opaque stone, apart from turquoise, sold by the carat. Lapis can have areas of gold of pyrite or white of calcite in the gemstone. The finest quality comes from Afghanistan, with other varieties coming from Russia and China.