Cabochon Large Oval Lapis Lazuli and Sterling Silver Stud Earrings
Beautiful Lapis Lazuli & Sterling Silver earrings. Stone Size 6/10 inch. Hand made on Saltspring Island, B.C.
The name Lapis Lazuli comes from the Persian word lazhward meaning blue, in allusion to its color. In ancient times, Lapis Lazuli has been highly valued for many thousands of years. The most famous locality for fine quality lapis lazuli is the same ancient deposit high in the mountains of Afganistan where it was originally mined at least 6000 years ago. Lapis lazuli was often made into jewelry, carvings, amulets and talismans which were believed to have occult powers. It was used by the ancient Egyptians in many religious ceremonies. Lapis lazuli was said to dispell melancholy and depression, and to cure recurring fevers. It was also said to impart ancient knowledge, and the wisdom to use it.
The astrological sign of lapis lazuli is Sagittarius