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Lapis Chips with Globe Jewelry Set
Item #45889S
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Gift your favorite globe trotter—actual or aspiring—with the world on a hand-knotted string of genuine lapis chips. The double strand Necklace suspends a lovely 20mm inlaid globe. Sterling silver lobster clasp. The globe and lapis chips of the Pierced Earrings are hand wire wrapped with a sterling silver wire and then joined to sterling silver back earwires. Made in the U.S.A. Natural variations will occur with this Lapis Chips with Globe Jewelry Set.
The lapis lazuli stones of this Lapis Chip Globe Jewelry Set celebrate the many lapis jewelry pieces, primary gems, and carvings curated throughout the Smithsonian. Lapis is especially well represented in our Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology Gems and Minerals, our National Museum of African Art, and our Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
Necklace: 18"l. with 1"l. pendant.; Pierced Earrings: 2"l.
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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