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Old Lapis Lazuli Nomadic Tribal Cross Pendant

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Old Lapis Lazuli Nomadic Tribal Cross Pendant

This is a very old Lapis Lazuli pendant created by a tribal nomadic silversmith using primitive tools. The metal encasing the bezel-set stones is a traditional blend of silver and other alloys and base metals. The bezels have a pattern probably roll-impressed. The gold balls on each section of the cross is brass. Lapis is is a semi-precious stone prized since antiquity for its intense blue color and has been mined in the Badakhshan province (Hindu Kush) of Afghanistan for 6,500 years. Lapis jewelry has been found at Predynastic Egyptian sites and lapis beads at Neolithic burials in Mehgarh, the Caucasus, and even in Mauritania. Lapis is a rock, not a mineral. This piece measures 2-3/4" from top to bottom and 2" across the cross piece. It has a hinged bail that is substantially crafted with a hinge and pin. It is a vintage piece and shows typical wear for a piece this old. This cross is a lovely piece of tribal crafted art and its charm is in its imperfections.

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