In ancient Egypt, lapis lazuli was a must-have for royalty, but the scarcity of the stone made it as expensive as gold. Even today, high-end jewelers highlight this hard-to-get stone in pieces that sell for thousands of dollars.
Centuries ago, Pharaohs would send parties of traders, protected by soldiers, on quests to obtain the blue beauty, no matter the cost. They would save the very finest quality lapis lazuli, those special stones with the most intense blue and striking streaks of the golden mineral pyrite, for themselves. Because half the job of being Pharaoh was looking the part.
When Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered in 1923, the young king was wearing not one but two lapis lazuli bracelets. More recent finds of lapis lazuli mean that, while the deep blue stone remains as enchanting as ever, you no longer have to pay a Pharaoh’s ransom to wear it, and you certainly don’t have to send out an armed scouting party.
Our Dynasty Bracelet features polished deep blue lapis lazuli, showcased in two different but equally stunning cuts. Taking another cue from ancient Egypt, the element that really makes this 7 ½" bracelet work is the gleaming gold-finished links, which pick up and highlight the golden flashes of pyrite, the unique streaks that makes lapis lazuli so coveted. Ancient treasure has never been so affordable.