This elegantly feminine, lapis gemstone bracelet features natural deep blue lapis beads in diamond faceted & smooth roundels, combined with luminous roundels of opalite, pale spring sky blue faceted crystal beads, silver heishi and daisy spacers & oxidized silver bi-cone beads. The collections of beads are set on sterling wire wrapped links, with each link set off by a diminutive silver ball drop. At the handmade, oxidized sterling toggle clasp is a cluster of beads, more oxidized silver bi-cones, faceted crystal roundels & teensy cobalt blue faceted crystal beads.
This dainty lapis gemstone bracelet measures 7.5″ (19.05 cm) in total length, including the toggle. The last photo shows it modeled on a 6″ wrist…please do contact us if you’d like the length customized, we’d be happy to accommodate!
A brief history of lapis….
…Lapis lazuli or lapis for short, is a deep blue metamorphic rock used as a semi precious stone that has been prized since antiquity for its intense color. As early as the 7th millenium BC, lapis lazuli was mined in the Sar-I Sang mines, in Shortugai, and in other mines in Badakhshan province in northeast Afghanistan. Lapis was highly valued by the Indus Valley Civilisation (3300–1900 BC). Lapis beads have been found at Neolithic burials in Mehrgarh, the Caucasus, and even as far from Afghanistan as Mauritania. It was used in the funeral mask of Tutankhamun (1341–1323 BC).
At the end of the Middle Ages, lapis lazuli began to be exported to Europe, where it was ground into powder and made into ultramarine, the finest and most expensive of all blue pigments. It was used by some of the most important artists of the Renaissance and Baroque, including Masaccio, Perugino, Titian and Vermeer and was often reserved for the clothing of the central figures of their paintings, especially the Virgin Mary.
Today, mines in northeast Afghanistan are still the major source of lapis lazuli. Important amounts are also produced from mines west of Lake Baikal in Russia, and in the Andes mountains in Chile. Smaller quantities are mined in Italy, Mongolia, the United States, and Canada.
Metaphysical properties of lapis…
…Lapis is an excellent stone for executives, journalists, and psychologists, stimulating wisdom and good judgment in the practical world. It aids intellectual analysis in archaeologists and historians, problem solving for lawyers, and creates new ideas for inventors and writers.
Lapis Lazuli is a powerful crystal for activating the higher mind and enhancing intellectual ability. It stimulates the desire for knowledge, truth and understanding, and aids the process of learning. It is excellent for enhancing memory
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