This beautiful lapis lazuli pendant is ready to be worn and enjoyed and was handmade and donated by Scott Schmir. Lapis lazuli is popular because of its deep blue color and gold pyrite specks. Lapis lazuli has a deep, royal history. Lapis is the Latin word for “stone” and lazuli is derived from “lazulum”, meaning blue. At the end of the Middle Ages, lapis lazuli was ground into powder to create the finest and most expensive of all blue pigments used by Renaissance painters. In ancient Egypt, lapis lazuli was used for ornaments, jewelry, and even Cleopatra’s eyeshadow. The major source of lapis lazuli today comes from the mines in northeast Afghanistan.
100% of the proceeds from your purchase will be used to fund the Bidwell Gem & Mineral Museum. All shop items were donated by members of the Glendora Gems Lapidary Club.