This lapis lazuli necklace features one of the most prized materials used in jewellery. An opaque stone prized for its intense ultra marine colour, lapis lazuli is one of the earliest known traded gems, it was known to have been traded as early as the second half of the 4th millennium BC… It features in some of the world’s most treasured relics, such as the magnificent mask of King Tutankhamun. Good quality lapis often contains tiny specks of brassy pyrite (fools gold). These little specks make lapis lazuli especially suitable for setting in yellow gold. Provided that they are not too prominent, these specks add texture and are valued as a sign that the stone is genuine.
The colour is so unusual, that lapis was ground to create pigment for paints, and during the Renaissance, this colour was often reserved for religious works due to its extreme cost. The mineral’s name is derived from the Persian word lazhward, meaning blue. Lapis has often been worn in the belief that it will protect the wearer from evil, hence its ubiquitous presence in the “evil eye”.
The best quality material has traditionally come from Afghanistan, which is the source for this piece.
One of our most coveted pieces, this necklace features 0.70ct lapis lazuli and 0.18ct diamonds and is set in 14ct yellow gold. The star symbol is timeless but contemporary, and the tiny second pavé set diamond star is what sets it apart- the asymmetry makes it playful and fun, but retains balance in the design.
The star is soldered to the chain, which conveniently keeps the pendant in place (it does not run freely along the chain), and this avoids the clasp sliding to the front. The chain is secured with a lobster clasp.
In addition to be beautifully crafted, the chain conveniently has four adjustable lengths, varying from 37.5cm at its shortest to 45cm at its longest. So if you favour layering your jewellery, this pendant layers effortlessly.
If you love lapis but favour a more organic design, the necklace is also available featuring a blossom motif.
If you like your jewellery to have a little twist, the evil eye pendant featuring mother or pearl, lapis lazuli and diamond lashes is a witty take on a perennial favourite.
Facts & Figures
Dimensions: 1.5cm (0.60″) L / 2.5cm (1.00″) W
Total weight of pendant and chain: 3.5g
Available in yellow, white or rose gold. Customise it with other gem materials including pink opal or turquoise.
In accordance with the Hallmarking Act 1973, all our items are independently hallmarked to verify the fineness of the stated precious metal. This is your guarantee of authenticity- insist on this in all your jewellery purchases. For more information on understanding hallmarks, please refer to this blog.
All diamonds are certified conflict free.
Presentation and Packaging
Beautifully presented in a Jacqui Larsson Fine Jewellery branded hinged gift box.