Lapis Lazuli and Turquoise Southwestern style pendant.
Lapis lazuli from Afghanistan and turquoise from Nevada combined in a handcrafted sterling silver pendant with details that make this truly a "one of a kind".
Lapis lazuli, Afghanistan's blue treasure, is a metamorphic rock, deep blue to purple mottled with calcite, sodalite and pyrite. Lapis lazuli usually occurs in crystalline marble and the most important component is lazurite.
Prized for intense color since thousands of years BC, by the end of the middle ages lapis lazuli was used to make Ultramarine, the most refined and expensive of all blue tones.
Afghanistan, was the source of lapis lazuli for the Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations, as well as Greeks and Romans.