Handmade Solid Silver Double Sided Pendant set with Blue John and Lapis.
Hallmarked 925, the pendant has been made in our workshop in Sheffield.
This was designed with a twisted silver wire surrounding the pendant. The pendant is 40mm long and the stones are 25mm x20mm.
This exceptional pendant is double sided and can be worn on either side, so you get two beautiful pendants in one! One side of the pendant has a beautiful piece of Blue John, the other side has a vivid blue colour Lapis.
As all stones are created naturally, each one is unique and may therefore vary from the image. However we guarantee they are of the highest quality and handpicked specifically for each design.
Now a little bit about the stones…
Blue John (also known as Derbyshire Spar) is a semi-precious mineral, a form of fluorite with bands of a purple-blue or yellowish colour. In the UK it is found only at Blue John Cavern and Treak Cliff Cavern at Castleton in Derbyshire.
During the 19th century, it was mined for its ornamental value, and mining continues on a small scale. Deposits of fluorite have been recently found in China with colouring and banding similar to the classic Blue John stone.
This historical stone Lapis has a name closely associated with its intense colour. Its name was derived from the Latin word 'lapis' meaning 'stone', and from the Arabic and Persian word 'lazaward'. 'Lazaward" was the Persian name for lapis stone, as well as the name of its mining location.
In other parts of the world, words for 'blue' were named after the color of lapis, including the English word 'azure'; Italian 'azzurro'; Polish 'azur'; Spanish 'azur' and Romanian 'azuriu'. Today, lapis lazuli is still considered to be one of the most important opaque blue gemstones available.