Rough sponge coral statement necklace made with chunky 18mm large round raw peach color coral beads. I also used 10mm dark blue lapis lazuli smooth round beads framed with Tibetan silver bead caps and separated by 6mm saucer beads. The length is 19 inches and it is finished with saucer beads and a large silver plated heart lobster clasp.
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Lapis Lazuli is a luminous, deep blue gemstone, sometimes colored with a hint of violet and gold speckles! It is a powerful stone of wisdom that strengthens a person's expression and intuition, and promotes tranquility. The awareness it imparts aids in accessing ancient knowledge and is also used as a protection stone. In ancient Egypt lapis lazuli was a favorite stone for amulets and ornaments such as scarabs; it was also used by the Assyrians and Babylonians for seals. Lapis jewelry has been found at excavations of the Predynastic Egyptian site Naqada (3300–3100 BC), and powdered lapis was used as eyeshadow by Cleopatra. At the end of the Middle Ages, lapis lazuli began to be exported to Europe, where it was ground into powder and made into ultramarine, the finest and most expensive of all blue pigments. It was used by the most important artists of the Renaissance and Baroque, including Masaccio, Perugino, Titian and Vermeer.
The color of coral can vary from white to black, but the most valued colors are pink and red. It is associated with Venus and Neptune and promotes love and harmony. It is also useful in clearing negative energies and providing protection.