This bracelet features 12 mm AAA quality lapis stones with flecks of pyrite in a vintage brass setting (c. 1950). A vintage faceted glass button charm, also c. 1950, dangles from the closure.
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Lapis lazuli is an ancient stone that is an aggregate of several minerals, the major ones being lazurite, calcite, and pyrite. Lapis was among the first gemstones to be worn as jewelry. According to the GIA:
"Historians believe the link between humans and lapis lazuli stretches back more than 6,500 years. The gem was treasured by the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, Greece, and Rome. They valued it for its vivid, exquisite color, and prized it as much as they prized other blue gems like sapphire and turquoise."
Originally lapis lazuli was a December birthstone, however the birthstone charts have been modified over the years. Currently, lapis is assigned as an alternative birthstone to the sapphire in the month of September. It is also the 7th and 9th anniversary stone.