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These 12 mm blue lapis beads are suspended from a silver wire with 1/2” lapis cabochon surrounded by silver bead work and backed in silver. They drop 1 3/4”. These are unique earrings.
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.
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Indonesian Silver and Lapis Drop Earrings