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Meet Lapis Lazuli

Here are a few hints by way of @TheMorganLibrary about the theme of the next jewelry curation.

1. It was a global sensation among ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, Greece, and Rome

2. Mined in present-day Afghanistan since 700 BC

3. Historically it was ground into powder for paint, medicine, and even eyeshadow

Any guesses?

It’s Lapis Lazuli!

Meet Lapis Lazuli
 

Here are a few hints by way of The Morgan Library & Museum about the theme of the next jewelry curation.

1. It was a global sensation among ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, Greece, and Rome

2. Mined in present-day Afghanistan since 700 BC

3. Historically it was ground into powder for paint, medicine, and even eyeshadow

Any guesses?

It’s Lapis Lazuli!

 
 

STÉPHANIE CACHARD

Lebanon has always been a uniquely perched place - participating in the ebb and flow of multiple ancient empires. In addition to having a rich cultural history, this pocket of the world seems to be an eternal fountain of inspired design! One such designer is Stéphanie Cachard!

As I prefaced above, lapis lazuli was an ancient sensation and I'm thrilled to share a few of Stéphanie's dynamically modern jewels!

Her pieces are meticulously handcrafted in Beirut by local artisans using responsibly sourced precious metals and stones. This particular lapis lazuli material has golden pyrite flecks in it, which is beautifully enhanced by 18 karat gold.

Zaffiro Jewelry Lapis Lazuli Pendant

ZAFFIRO JEWELRY

Elizabeth and Jack of @ZaffiroJewelry are known to select to particular stones based on their personalities, because “some are just livelier than others.” And this 24.33 carat cabochon-cut lapis lazuli is all that and more!

The blue hue is even more electrified, set as a pendant in granulated high karat gold. This stone doesn't have a hint of white calcite but it does have a whisper of golden pyrite reminiscent of stars on a celestial sphere.

Who is on for star gazing?

NUUN JEWELS

Like Lapis Lazuli, Nourah Al Faisal of Nuun Jewels is strongly connected to art and multicultural influences. Having grown up between Riyadh, Paris, and London her work is infused with wonderfully unexpected pairings of materials and designs.

Nourah's unique Mohja rings are designed around a piece of lapis lazuli and inspired by the reflection of the sun (a diamond) on the ocean.

Nuun Jewels also contributes to positive change in the world! They have partnered with Art of Heritage, a Riyadh-based heritage center, which aims to preserve local arts and crafts. This organization keeps regional heritage alive by training women in need in various traditional crafts, which empowers and enables them to earn a living. Hooray for women supporting women!


Emily Kuvin Lapis Lazuli Earrings

EMILY KUVIN JEWELRY

From King Tutankhamen's golden sarcophagus to Cleopatra's sparkly blue eye-shadow, lapis lazuli has taken on many forms. Along these lines, I can't help but marvel about the many women around me whose lives and careers have also taken on multiple forms!

Recently, I crossed paths with these sublime lapis lazuli earrings by Emily Kuvin and discovered her incredible career path (network news reporter, lawyer, fundraiser and mom) while pursuing her goal of designing jewelry fulltime.

To me, these earrings are for the #GoalGetters on their journey of making dreams a reality!

MAKOVA JEWELRY

Among the many reasons to love lapis lazuli is for its “inclusions”. While the market values a pure, electric blue hue, I find material that has a dusting of golden pyrite with a hint of white calcite equally, if not more alluring!

A beautiful example of this is Makova Jewelry’s “Oceanne” earrings that drip in this intense blue hue with whispers of pyrite and calcite. Is it me or does anyone else wish we could swim in lapis lazuli?

Katherine Parr Crest Moon Hoop Earrings

KATHERINE PARR

Lapis lazuli was a global sensation among ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, Greece, and Rome and its electric blue hue retains star power today! Since 700 BC, it has been mined Afghanistan where Katherine Parr’s ethically and sustainably sourced jewels are proudly crafted in partnership with Turquoise Mountain. Her designs are handmade by the talented artisans in Kabul - employing and empowering the community with pride.

Katherine’s Cresent Moon Earrings are inspired by the diverse history of the Persian Empire. As a feminine symbol, the moon represents fertility and the rhythm of time. The phases of the moon symbolize eternity and lapis lazuli, with its dusting golden pyrite, is as dreamy as a starry night!


 
Stay Tuned
 

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