Friday, November 12, 2010

Lapis Lazuli

Lapis has been used since before the beginning of history. Afghanistan is one of the oldest known sources of this beautiful blue stone and continues to yield some of the best material in the world.

This is a Mesopotamian pendant from about 2900 BC.



Lapis is a rock composed mostly of the minerals lazurite (blue), calcite (white), sodalite (blue) and pyrite (gold). Synthetics do exist, but they're fairly uncommon.



Since lapis is often found in large pieces, it lends itself well to sculpture.



And now, for your drooling pleasure, some selections from our talented and wonderful Starving Artists:

TwoChicksToo made these



From Colla's talented hands



RioRita's lovely earrings




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The SATeam blog features artisan handmade creations by the Etsy Starving Jewelry Artists team. SATeam members create handcrafted jewelry and beads. More information about our team and its current Etsy shop members can be found at SATEAM.etsy.com

9 comments:

galadryl said...

Beautiful stone. Awesome jewelry picks, they are all stunning.

WireYourWorld said...

I have some rough that looks just like the mesopotamian pendant!

mcstoneworks said...

Lapis is such an elegant gemstone. I love it. Your examples are gorgeous.

Ramona said...

Oh my gosh, those are some really gorgeous pieces and it makes me love lapis even more. Thanks for your mini course!

Cat said...

Blue is one of my favorite colors, I love lapis!

BeadSire said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Rita alias alatvian said...

Love Lapis!
Thank you so much for this post!

tjrjewellery said...

Love the lapis! One of my favourite stones!

Cassie said...

Gorgeous jewelry!