Inspired by South American textiles. Deep blue lapis stones dangle below delicately stamped silver medallions set on silver loops. An everyday luxury. Measure just under 1 1/2". Handmade Shepherd hook earwires. Sterling silver, which has been oxidized and hand polished for an antique finish.
I support Navajo stamp makers by purchasing their traditionally made metal stamps to create my southwestern themed designs.
About Lapis: Lapis is a semiprecious stone valued for its deep-blue color caused by the presence of the mineral lazurite, which is the source of the pigment ultramarine. Lapis is an ancient stone with history that dates back to ancient Egypt, where it was used as a favorite stone for amulets and ornaments such as scarabs; it was also used by the Assyrians and Babylonians for seals. Lapis jewelry has been found at excavations of the Predynastic Egyptian site Naqada (3300–3100 BC), and powdered lapis was used as eyeshadow by Cleopatra. In Medieval times, lapis was used as pigment for artists’ paint.
Your jewelry will arrive beautifully gift wrapped in a small box. Multiple items will be combined, unless separate boxes are requested. If this is a gift being shipped directly to the recipient, please let me know. I will be glad to include a note from you.