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