I was first introduced to lapis lazuli jewelry 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.
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!
Recently, I was reminded of just how much I love lapis when I was shopping for a wedding gift at Macy’s (as you can see, I got a teeny bit sidetracked and somehow ended up in the jewelry department).
What I found was the stunning pendant, pictured above. The EFFY Lapis Lazuli and Diamond Pendant is crafted of 14k Gold. The center stone diamond and surrounding diamonds (1/4 ct. t.w.) are set in a striking compass shape surrounded by beautful lapis, dangling from an 18″ cable link chain. This lovely piece would complement anything from office wear to eveing wear. Retail $1360
Some of my other personal top picks include those pictured below:
- EFFY® Lapis Lazuli and Turquoise Link Bracelet in 14k Gold. Retail $524.70
- EFFY® Lapis Lazuli (6mm) Triple Drop Earrings in 14k Gold. Retail $150
Seeing these pieces has inspired me to locate my old lapis lazuli faves. I just wonder where I could have stashed those earrings…
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