Lapis Lazuli

Lapis lazuli is known as the stone of friendship and love.  Once believed to have medicinal properties and used in ancient Rome as an aphrodisiac, lapis is thought to have healing powers even today by those who practice chakra medicine.  I don’t know about all that, but when I saw a strand of polished oval stones at my favorite local bead shop, I fell in love with it.  Mined primarily in Afghanistan, its name comes from the Latin “lapis,” or stone, and the Arab “azul,” or blue.  Rarely found in pure form, most often combined with pyrite crystals, the stone is a striking combination of rich blue and brassy gold.

I created this necklace and its matching earrings using a simple combination of lapis beads and antique gold findings, which really bring out the gold flecks in the stone.  To find out more about these pieces, click HERE.

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