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Cleopatra's Treasure - Vintage Sterling Silver Lapis Lazuli Dangle Earrings. These wonderful earrings are crafted from sterling silver, hallmarked 925 for sterling. Featuring 2 natural cabochon Lapis lazuli gemstones, Edwardian styling and quality craftsmanship. The pretty earrings are masterfully bezel set with oval cut gems, which are indigo blue in colour with flex of gold. The earrings are a classic design, with a beautiful single drop.  These Vintage earrings compliment any outfit.  Beautiful and so versatile! 

The history of lapis lazuli stretches back to 7000 B.C.E. in Mehrgarh, situated in modern-day Balochistan, Pakistan. In ancient Egypt, it was a favorite stone for amulets and ornaments such as scarabs. Egyptian burial sites dating before 3000 B.C.E. contain thousands of jewelry items, many of lapis.   

Prized for thousands of years. Lapis was a favoured stone in ancient Egypt, where it was believed to lead the soul into immortality and open the heart to love. The royal stone, it was said to contain the soul of the gods. A metaphysical stone par excellence, Lapis Lazuli is a key to spiritual attainment.It is documented that Lapis Lazuli was one of Cleopatra's favourite gemstones. 

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Silver's history is long. The first evidence of silver mining dates back to 3000 B.C., in Turkey and Greece, according to the RSC. Ancient people even figured out how to refine silver. They heated the silver ore and blew air over it, a process called cupellation.

Measurements: Earrings 29.00 mm x 10.00 mm 

Stone Size: Lapis Lazuli  8.00 carats 

Weight: 3.10 grams 

Condition: Excellent 

Origin: Most likely Asia      Provenance: America 

Date: Circa 1980

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