"Midnight Moon" - Lapis Lazuli and Pearl Gold Bracelets
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. In many cultures, lapis lazuli was regarded as a holy stone and thought to have magical powers. To enhance those powers even more, natural freshwater pearls were added to complete the designs.
Excellent quality lapis from the Sar-e-Sang mines in the Badakhshan region of Afghanistan, AA grade, with pyrite inclusions (no calcite) is paired with freshwater pearls and vermeil (14K gold over .925 sterling silver) or 14K gold-filled components. The lapis stones are flawlessly cut and polished and the combination of shapes, colors and textures is gorgeous in every way! Muted golden pyrite intrusions add a perfectly translucent appeal to the stone.
Choose between designs 1 through 4. To make your selection use the drop-down menu below.
1. 14mm round Lapis with stunning 18mm coin pearls, set in vermeil. Lobster clasp closure. 7.5" long with 1.5" extension for comfortable sizing.
2. 12mm square Lapis with two strands of pearls, set in vermeil. 14K gold-filled slider clasp adorned with tiny clear cubic zirconia. 7.5" long (no extension).
3. 10mm tube Lapis with hanging pearls, set in vermeil. 14K gold-filled spring clasp in a heart shape. 7.5" long with 1" extension for comfortable sizing.
4. 20mm barrel Lapis with coin pearls, asymmetrical, set in vermeil. Vermeil hook clasp. 7.5" long with 1" extension for comfortable sizing.
Handcrafted - One of a kind.
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.