Faceted Lapis Chunks Necklace
Sale Price (non-members): $99.99
Sale Price (members): $89.99
Original Price: $250.00
Asymmetrically symmetrical, this bold, yet timeless, Faceted Lapis Chunks Necklace is beaded with a treasure trove of 8 to 12mm faceted lapis chunks. Each uniquely shaped gem is hand-knotted, then positioned perpendicular to the one it precedes. A sterling silver box clasp secures the strand. Assembled in the USA. Natural variations ensure each Faceted Lapis Necklace will be one of a kind. Consider pairing them with our Faceted Lapis Chunks Pierced Earrings. 16.5"l.
Similar lapis jewelry resides in our Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems and Minerals, National Museum of Natural History. Lapis lazuli is a semiprecious stone valued for its deep blue color. In ancient times, the Egyptians used lapis lazuli for cosmetic purposes and as paint. The Persians believed the heavens owed their blue color to a massive slab of lapis upon which the earth rested. Lapis, a sacred stone with mystical powers, was buried with the dead to protect and guide them in the afterlife. Today, the popularity of lapis lazuli continues. Artisans, as in ancient times, create endless objets d’art, cutting and sculpting lapis for items of adornment, intricate pieces of jewelry and prized objects.
Every Smithsonian purchase will arrive with a museum provenance card explaining how it is adapted from or inspired by an object or objects in our collection.