Belle Rustique

hand-crafted jewelry from beautiful Bonny Doon

Afghani Lapis Lazuli Beaded Necklace


Lapis lazuli. The name conjures up mystery. Intrigue. These 12mm round beads, while not the uniform roundness and deep color of higher quality Afghani lapis, are still strikingly beautiful and value priced at just $48. I've set them off with sterling silver spacers and a sterling silver toggle clasp.

Treat someone special to this one-of-a-kind gift or buy it for yourself.

The necklace is 19 inches long.

Note: Lapis lazuli is an opaque rock that mainly consists of diopside and lazurite. It came into being millions of years ago during the metamorphosis of lime to marble. Uncut, lapis lazuli is matt and of a deep, dark blue colour, often with golden inclusions and whitish marble veins. The small inclusions with their golden shimmer, which give the stone the magic of a starry sky, are not of gold as people used to think, but of pyrites. Their cause is iron. The blue color comes from the sulphur content of the lazurite and may range from pure ultramarine to a lighter blue. The best raw lapis stones still come from the steep Hindu Kush in the north-east of Afghanistan. Once ground up and used as a favored color by artists, the stone is still highly valued in the art and jewelry world. The prices of this gemstone are largely dependent on the beauty and intensity of the color. The most popular is an intense, deep blue. It is regarded by many people around the world as the stone of friendship and truth. The blue stone is said to encourage harmony in relationships and help its wearer to be authentic and give his or her opinion openly.

Enjoy this unique piece of hand-crafted jewelry.

afghani lapis lazuli beaded necklace

N191 - $48

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Last updated 9 May 2012

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