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Victorian Lapis & Pearl Starburst Pendant


Lapis lazuli has been mined since 4000 BC, and has been prized the world over not only as a decorative stone but also for the ultramarine dye made from ground and powdered lapis. King Tut's sarcophagus was heavily lined with lapis lazuli, Michelangelo favored the blue paint made from its powder, and Catherine the Great had an entire room in her palace adorned with lapis doors, fireplaces, and picture frames. This Victorian starburst pendant features four lapis cabochons and an array of luminous split pearls.


  • Materials

    18k gold (tests), 4 lapis lazuli cabochons, 9 split pearls, new 14k gold chain

  • Age

    c. 1860

  • Condition

    Very good - three spots of wear to the back of the pendant behind three of the lapis stones, this does not effect the integrity of the settings

  • Size

    1 1/4" length including the bale, 15/16" width, 16" chain