This beautiful polished strand of Lapis Lazuli consists of beads approximately 5mm to 8mm in size. Each bead is handcrafted in Afghanistan, a primary and highly valued source of this semi precious stone.
Lapis is valued for it's beautiful deep blue coloration. The color of these beads are natural polished. No dye was used to enhance the intensity.
In the Middle Ages Lapis was exported to Europe where it was ground into powder and used in Renaissance and Baroque artwork. In ancient Egypt it was also a favorite stone for amulets and ornaments. There is a long history of prizing this particular material for it's rich coloration, a symbol of royalty and honor, and would add value to any jewelry project.
Crystal healers believe Lapis has characteristics that enhance higher mind, memory and intellectual ability. It is believed to help sooth stress.
The strand is approximately 15 1/2" of Lapis beads with a temporary German Silver (Nickel Silver) closure that extends the length to approximately 17 3/4". Stone count: 55 beads
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