Capri - Lapis Cube Stones on Chain

Capri - Lapis Cube Stones on Chain

Regular price $70.00

Beautifully beaded & wire wrapped with 14K Golf Filled chain & wire.  These necklace are intended to wear up high on your neck, not quite a choker, but high on the neckline.

From clasp to end 16.5 adjusts up to 18"

Lapis Lazuli is revered in the metaphysical world for its deep connection to wisdom, truth, and spiritual enlightenment. Often called the "Stone of Wisdom," it is believed to enhance intellectual ability, stimulate the desire for knowledge, and facilitate the process of learning. This vibrant blue stone is said to open the third eye chakra, encouraging clarity of thought, intuitive insight, and a deeper connection to one's inner self. Additionally, Lapis Lazuli is thought to promote self-awareness and self-expression, fostering honesty, compassion, and harmonious relationships. Its calming energy is also reputed to bring peace, alleviating stress and promoting a sense of tranquility and well-being.

Historically, Lapis Lazuli was ground into a fine powder to produce the highly prized ultramarine pigment. This pigment was used in some of the most famous artworks in history, valued for its rich and stable blue color.

Lapis Lazuli was first found in the ancient mines of the Sar-e-Sang region in the Badakhshan province of northeastern Afghanistan. These mines have been in operation for over 6,000 years and continue to produce high-quality lapis lazuli today. The historical significance of these mines is profound, as they supplied lapis lazuli to ancient civilizations such as Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome.

Key Historical Points:

  1. Ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt: Lapis Lazuli was highly prized in ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt. In Egypt, it was used extensively in jewelry, amulets, and even in the burial mask of Tutankhamun.
  2. The Silk Road: Lapis Lazuli from the Afghan mines traveled along the Silk Road, making its way to distant cultures and influencing art and decoration across Asia and Europe.
  3. Renaissance Europe: During the Renaissance, the ultramarine pigment derived from Lapis Lazuli was more valuable than gold and used by famous artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.

The Sar-e-Sang mines remain one of the most important sources of high-quality lapis lazuli, known for its deep blue color and golden pyrite inclusions. The long history and enduring value of lapis lazuli from this region underscore its significance in art, culture, and trade throughout human history.

Lapis lazuli can be found in various parts of the world, each source offering its unique characteristics, such as Chile, California, Burma, Pakistan, and Canada,  but the Afghan deposits continue to be the most renowned and sought after for their superior quality.

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