Lapis lazuli is a semi-precious deep blue coloured stone, sometimes with gold inclusions, that has been used for thousands of years for jewellery, decorative items and decoration. It is mined in Afghanistan, Siberia, Chile, USA and Burma. The mines in north-eastern Afghanistan are the largest source of lapis lazuli, and have been operating for over 6,000 years. They were the source of the stone for the ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman civilsations.
18ct gold and lapis lazuli 'Alhambra' necklace, Van Cleef & Arpels, designed as a trace chain highlighted at intervals with lapis lazuli four leaf clover motifs framed by a beaded surround completed by a bolt ring clasp, length approximately 80
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