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Mesopotamian Lapis Ovals Pierced Earrings
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The timeless design of these Mesopotamian Lapis Ovals Pierced Earrings contrasts ovals and orbs of lapis lazuli with turquoise discs. Sterling silver spacers and findings. 6mm and 12 x 16mm lapis beads. Made in the U.S.A.
Treasured by kings and queens of ancient civilizations, lapis jewelry like these classic Mesopotamian Lapis Ovals Pierced Earrings are included in our National Gem Collection.
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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