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This elegant tribal necklace is handcrafted by skilled Afgan craftsmen using silvered brass & Lapis Lazuli found in the Badakhshan region of Afghanistan. The pendant of the necklace has a round Lapis Lazuli stone in the center surrounded by intricate filigree work. The necklace measures 28" in length.

The Latin word lapis means stone, & the Arabic word azul means blue. Lapis Lazuli has been treasured for jewelry for over 6,000 years. The major source for highest quality Lapis is Afghanistan's ancient mines in the rugged mountains of the Hindu Kush.

Lapis Lazuli from Badakhshan, Afghanistan was used in the palace of King Darius 1 522-486 B.C. Lapis Lazuli was also favored by the pharaohs of Egypt, the leaders of Babylon, & the rulers of Greece & Rome. Historically, many tribes of Afgan women traditionally wore large amounts of elaborate jewelry from the time of their wedding, until they had their first child.

Much of the metal used in jewelry from Pakistan & Afganistan is silvered brass, perhaps 75-80% brass, with smaller quantities of copper, sliver, & iron. Jewelry makers buff these metal surfaces with thick silver plating to give them a silvery finish. After years of wear, the silvered brass pieces of old jewelery from these regions begin to look brassy in places.

I love the traditional ancient jewelry designs of the Middle East & Central Asia. Watching the peoples of ancient nations now fighting for a voice in their governments & sharing the aspirations of modern-day peoples around the globe is inspiring. The downside of this exciting change is that it will probably diminish the unique traditions of individual cultures & result in a sharp decline in traditional tribal art & handicrafts.

Elegant blue Afgan Lapis traditional tribal necklace from Badakhshan


  • Vintage item
  • Material: Lapis
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