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Northern Lights Pierced Earrings
Item #50059
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Exotic and elegant, iridescent dyed quartz spikes, faceted purple crystal orbs, lapis lazuli discs and gold-plated squares bead these striking statement Northern Lights Pierced Earrings. Gold-filled findings. Handmade in the U.S.A.
This striking Northern Lights Jewelry evokes lapis and quartz minerals in our National Gem Collection. Housed in our National Museum of Natural History, The National Gem Collection is one of the greatest collections of its kind. Over 375,000 individual specimens include such treasured pieces as the Hope Diamond, the Star of Asia Sapphire, and the Rosser Reeves Star Ruby.
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.

One of the most abundant minerals in the Earth's crust, quartz displays the greatest profusion of colors, patterns, and textures of any mineral. Gems cut from individual quartz crystals include amethyst, smoky quartz, rock crystal, citrine, and rose quartz. Finely grained quartz, which ranges from translucent to opaque, is typically carved or cut as cabochons or beads.

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