Princess of Persia Faceted Lapis Lazuli Necklace is handcrafted using rare Iranian Lapis Lazuli & hand knotted on navy blue silk then finished with a large solid sterling silver bolt ring clasp. This is a very special one of a kind piece of jewellery, each stone was specially chosen for its vivid blue colour with golden specks. This necklace is opera length 28″ long. Called the Stone of Heaven, Lapis is said to bestow the gifts of strength and self-assurance upon its wearer. It was often used in love charms and considered one of the best charms to ensure fidelity.
About the materials used in our Princess of Persia Faceted Lapis Lazuli Necklace
Lapis lazuli, often referred to as just ‘lapis’, has been used as a gemstone for thousands of years. It has been mined from Afghanistan since the early 7th millennium BC, and it was discovered in ancient burial sites throughout the Caucasus, the Mehrgarh and even as far as the Republic of Mauritania. The funeral mask for the ancient Egyptian pharaoh ‘King Tut’ was even discovered to have been decorated with lapis lazuli.
This historical stone has a name closely associated with its intense color. Its name was derived from the Latin word ‘lapis’ meaning ‘stone’, and from the Arabic and Persian word ‘lazaward’. ‘Lazaward” was the Persian name for lapis stone, as well as the name of its mining location. In other parts of the world, words for ‘blue’ were named after the color of lapis, including the English word ‘azure’; Italian ‘azzurro’; Polish ‘azur’; Spanish ‘azur’ and Romanian ‘azuriu’. Today, lapis lazuli is still considered to be one of the most important opaque blue gemstones available.
Many cultures consider lapis lazuli a holy stone. In Egypt, only the royal family and priests were permitted to wear this stone. In China, offerings of this stone were made to the Lord of the Universe. Charms were carved in the shapes of pomegranates and bats for a long and successful life. Japanese and Shinto tradition use the tsuru, a crane symbol, engraved into lapis for good luck.