Lapis Lazuli Bar Necklace
Handmade by two women artisans, Nasrin and Shazia, this stunning necklace is created using the traditional Shabakari technique, using precisely cut metal and stone. The lapis lazuli from Badakhshan province in Afghanistan has been mined for over six millennia and is one of the most highly-prized stones in the world, most famously used to adorn the regalia of the Egyptian Pharaohs.
- Metal: Gold Vermeil (high quality gold plated sterling silver)
- Stone: Lapis Lazuli
- Pendant Height: 1.3cm, Pendant Width: 5.4cm, Length with Chain: 62cm
Turquoise Mountain was founded in Afghanistan in 2006 by HRH The Prince of Wales to rebuild historic communities through heritage and craft. Since then, they have restored 150 historic buildings in the old city of Kabul, trained over 6,000 artisans, treated almost 136,000 patients at their clinic, and curated major international exhibitions around the world, from the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha to the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. Beautiful gemstones masterfully set in gold and silver by Afghan jewelers have been traded along the Silk Route for millennia, but four decades of conflict have left the country virtually inaccessible to international buyers. Turquoise Mountain is working connect Afghan jewelers with the world.