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Lapis Lazuli Link Necklace
Item #50143
1.05

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$240.00
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Fit for Incan royalty, this stunning Lapis Lazuli Link Necklace is handmade by Chilean artisans who hand cut and inlay pillowed lapis lazuli—techniques passed down from generations before—into gleaming sterling silver settings. The graduated link designs are elegant and nuanced. Box safety clasp. Natural variations will occur.
This Lapis Lazuli Link Necklace celebrates finely carved lapis objets curated by our National Gem Collection at our National Museum of Natural History. One of the greatest collections of its kind, the National Gem and Mineral Collection includes over 375,000 individual specimens and such treasured pieces as the Hope Diamond and an exquisite lapis figurine hand carved in Afghanistan, where the finest lapis lazuli in the world is still found.
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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Customer Reviews

Average Rating:
1.05

(based on 1 review)

By Suzanne M Yuskiw
Gaithersburg, MD
December 28, 2017
1.05
"The necklace is gorgeous; however, the clasp, once closed will not open!! I ordered one for my daughter and one for myself based on the photo. It is more beautiful in reality than on the page. However, unusable as it is. I sent both back and received a refund for one. I am still negotiating to get the second refund."