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Afghani Tribal Ornate Lapis & Silver Cuff-SOLD

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Afghani Tribal Ornate Lapis & Silver Cuff-SOLD

This Tribal hand crafted bracelet is from Afghanistan and made of gilt silver and lapis lazuli from the region of Afghanistan. has a captivating ornate all-over design. There are different types of wires, balls, and other ornaments that make this cuff a piece that you will want to wear every day. The front width is 4 inches, circumference is 7 inches (adjustable). The lapis center stone is 2" X 1-1/2" and stands 1/2" high - a real show-stopper. It also has lapis on the sides in a flower motif. It was definitely made for a large wrist. It weighs 52 grams. Royal blue lapis lazuli, the gem variety of lazurite and one of the most beautiful opaque gemstones, is a sodium and aluminum mineral of considerable complexity. Known as “sapphires” by the ancients, the stone occurs in only a few major deposits around the world, notably world, notably Lake Baikal in Siberia. The ancient royal Sumerian tombs of Ur, located near the Euphrates River in lower Iraq, contained more than 6000 beautifully executed lapis lazuli statuettes of birds, deer, and rodents as well as dishes, beads, and cylinder seals. These carved artifacts undoubtedly came from material mined in northern Afghanistan. Later Egyptian burial sites dating before 3000 B.C. contained thousands of jewelry items, many of lapis. Powdered lapis was favored by Egyptian ladies as a cosmetic eye shadow and in later years it was used as a pigment for ultramarine paints.

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