"Anuket" - Lapis Lazuli and Sterling Silver Choker Necklace
Borrowing its name from the powerful Goddess of the Nile - Anuket, this incredibly beautiful pendant features a lapis lazuli gemstone reflecting blue velvety waves with every catch of the light, much like the life-giving waters of the Nile. Muted golden pyrite intrusions add a perfectly translucent appeal to the stone. In many cultures, lapis lazuli was regarded as a holy stone and thought to have magical powers. To enhance those powers even more, a tiny rainbow moonstone with an intense blue iridescence was added to complete the design.
Encased in sterling silver, the pendant measures 82mm (approx. 3 1/4") in length (including the bail) and 18mm (approx.. 3/4") at its widest point. The weight of the pendant including the gemstones is 11.9g (approx. 0.42oz). The stones are flawlessly cut and polished and the combination of shapes, colors and textures is gorgeous in every way!
The pendant is hanging on a hard sterling silver (solid 925, marked) neck wire. The v-shape of the neck wire wraps without flaw around the neck and measures 6 1/4" from the clasp down to where it meets the pendant, and 5 1/2" across, for a total circumference of 18". The width of it is 5mm, and it weighs 20g (approx. 0.70oz).
Handcrafted - One of a kind.
Known for its blue color, Lapis Lazuli has been a highly valued stone for many thousands of years. The Latin "lapis" meaning stone, and the word "lazuli" coming from the Persian/Arabic lazhward or blue (as in "azure") were put together to create a name that means "blue stone" or stone of azure.
Lapis Lazuli is rare and only found in only a few places including Chile, Baffin Islands, United States, Siberia, India and Afghanistan, where it occurs in large deposits.
As an ancient gem, Lapis Lazuli has a fascinating history. This semi-precious mineral was usually used for artworks of great importance such as the funeral mask of Tutankhamen and the decoration of the Taj Mahal. It was said to be the stone of rulers and to represent power and some ancient cultures actually valued Lapis Lazuli as much as or more than gold. Lapis Lazuli was believed to give good judgment and insight, enhance wisdom, and stimulate inner vision and promote peace of mind.