$4,570 – harrods.com
I was first introduced to lapis lazuli when I was in high school and received a pair of elegant lapis earrings as a gift. I fell in love with the warmth of the stone and the stunning color – an intense blue flecked with gold. Beads soon followed, along with additional earrings, a ring… well, you get the idea.
Recently, I was reminded of just how much I love lapis when I spied a Sotheby’s Auction. The New York Important Jewels Auction featured, among many other lovely offerings, a gorgeous Van Cleef & Arpels necklace from the 1920’s in platinum, diamond, cultured pearl and lapis. The pre-auction estimate was $25,000 – $35,000… sadly out of my price range. But, because lapis is a favorite of jewelry designers, there are many, many pieces from which to choose (even a few in my budget!).
If you’re not familiar with the stone, it may be that you simply didn’t recognize it. Lapis is incredibly versatile — it can be polished for a smooth finish, faceted like a gemstone, or carved like jade. The design possibilities are truly endless.
In fact, beautiful designs in lapis have been around for centuries. Throughout history, the stone appears everywhere from ancient Mesopotamia circa 2900 BC, to the funeral mask of Tutankhamun, to the Bible!
My Ultimate Wish List of new lapis pieces is pictured above. Now, I just need to find those earrings…
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Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador, and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said… WHAT?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game! the corporate website of the award-winning You’ve been Sentenced! word game.