These gorgeous lapis earrings are flattened discs that are 3/4” across. They show natural areas of gold pyrite in the lapis. They drop 2” from a 18k gold vermeil earl wire with a 18k gold vermeil bead and a small lapis bead on too of the lapis disk.
Lapis has areas of gold 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.
Blue Lapis Lazuli Disk Drop Earrings 18k Gold Vermeil