| coins - lapiz lazuli - C-LAP5
GEM WEIGHT - 5 carats
BIRTHSTONE FOR SEPTEMBER
faceted coin cut lapis is a gorgeous shade of blue reminiscent of ancient tales of arabian nights and swoony princes of persia - the most royal blue you can imagine - with little flecks of pyrite to add a starry starry night effect
flanked by tiny beads on a golden bonded multi-filament cord which lets the gem ''float'' on your neck
choice of accents/spring ring clasp:
14kt gold fill
14kt/18kt solid gold
stone hangs just over 1/2''
Lapis is the Latin for ''stone'' and lazuli the genitive form of the Medieval Latin lazulum, which is taken from the name of a place where it was mined which then came to be associated with the color of the stone - giving us the word azure (a word I personally associate with ''vacation'')
Lapis lazuli is found in limestone in the Kokcha River valley of Badakhshan province in northeastern Afghanistan, where the Sar-e-Sang mine deposits have been worked for more than 6,000 years. That's probably how long it would take me to remember how to pronounce those words.....
pic of lapis polished slab to the right