The pendant has two sides - on one side is a gorgeous Blue John stone and on the other side of the pendant is an exquisite Lapis Lazuli stone. Handmade in our Sheffield studio, this pendant features a rope weave design in fine silver.
The stones are 22mm round and the pendant is 37mm including the hinge.
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 these gorgeous 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 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.
Lapis Lazuli - this historical stone has a name closely associated with its intense color. 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 is still considered to be one of the most important opaque blue gemstones available.