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Lapis Turquoise Hoops
US $ 38 (13 BHD)
Materials: lapis cube beads, turquoise heishi beads, gold-fill beads, wire & earhooks.
 
Dimensions: 1 ½” dia.
 
Lapis is the Latin word for stone, and Lazuli relates to the gorgeous midnight blue of this rock in languages from English to Spanish to Arabic. It has been mined in Afghanistan for 6500 years and has been prized throughout history as far back as the Ancient Egyptians who used it for medicinal purposes and crushed it to make eye make-up. Turquoise has been valued by many great cultures, and has rightfully gained the right to be called a 'gemstone of the peoples'. Untreated turquoise changes color, and for Tibetans this symbolizes the circle of life from birth to death. For the Navajo tribe in the United States, turquoise represents a sacred stone for the South. The Persian scholar Al-Qazwini wrote: 'The hand that wears a turquoise and seals with it will never see poverty.' Turquoise was a symbol of wealth and worn as an amulet to divert the gaze of others onto itself, and hence protect from the jinx of the 'evil eye'. This design sustains all this history but relies on gold and the geometry of the beads to modernize the piece.
 
 
 
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