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Kinetic Lapis Pendant Necklace
Item #50112
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This handcrafted Charles Albert design—a lapis cabochon encircled by movable "planetary" rings—underscores the modern beauty of this ancient gemstone. The rings, chain and findings are hypoallergenic metal alloy with the look and feel of 18k gold. Natural variations will occur with this Kinetic Lapis Pendant Necklace.
Contemporary jewelry pieces—like this Kinetic Lapis Pendant Necklace—can be found in the costume collection at our National Museum of American History, Behring Center, which curates more than 30,000 garments and accessories reflecting the social, technological and economic changes affecting American dress from the 17th century to the present.
17"l. with 3"l. extender and 2.5"l. pendant including bale.
Intensely deep blue in color, lapis lazuli, or lapis, has been valued as an ornamental stone since the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Rome—which valued it more highly than sapphires and turquoise. A rock composed of three different minerals, the finest lapis still comes from a remote mountain valley in northern Afghanistan, where it has been continuously mined for more than 6,000 years.

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