Sterling Silver and Gemstone Jewellery

Sterling Silver and Gemstone Jewellery

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Lapis Lazuli, Turquoise and Fresh Water Pearl Bracelet

£30.95

In stock

Product Description

Lapis Lazuli, Turquoise and Fresh Water Pearl Bracelet

19cm long

comes in a Box

Lapis Lazuli

The ancients prized this beautiful gemstone and called it “saphirus” because of its deep blue colour and used it to produce the blue pigment “ultra marine”.  Today, Lapis is one of the most popular and affordable gemstones.  It is the alternative birthstone for September.  The best quality is from Afghanistan.  Lapis is like the cloak of an ancient magician – dark blue and black, spangled with gold.

Turquoise

The name means “Turkish stone”, because the trade route that brought it to Europe used to come through Turkey.  A pure blue colour is rare since most pieces contain turquoise matrix, ie veins of different minerals such as jasper, sandstone or others.  The best colour is found in Nevada, USA.

Fresh Water Pearl

Once viewed by Arabians as “tears of the Gods”, these are created by certain shellfish, mainly oysters and mussels.  They form when an irritant such as a grain of sand enters the shell.  The mollusc then secretes layer upon layer of calcium carbonate, known as nacre, around the foreign body.  It is this innate defence mechanism which creates the bead of pearl

 

Additional Information

Weight 55 g
Dimensions 4.5 × 20 × 3 cm