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Lapis Chip Globe Pierced Earrings
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Gift your favorite globe trotter—actual or aspiring—with the world on hand-knotted strings of genuine lapis chips. The globe and lapis chips of these Lapis Chip Globe 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.
The lapis lazuli stones of these Lapis Chip Globe Pierced Earrings celebrate the many lapis jewelry pieces, primary gems, and carvings 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.
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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