Those are some of my creations made with afghan lapislazuli beads.
Lapislazuli was considered a magic stone in the Near East. People tought it was the stone from which gods dresses were made, paradise pavements were made of lapislazuli and lapislazuli was used to carve gods' faces and hands in sculptures. Often lapislazuli was combined with corniolo, a red stone (the earrings in the middle) considered gods' blood.
Most of lapislazuli was used durind Sumerian period, it is estimated that during UR III it was used the 97% of all the Lapislazuli ever exploited until now.
Lapislazuli of a good quality can be only found in Afghanistan, in the region of Panjishir, over high mountains.
In the pic there's also a page of my book showing an Imdugud (an eagle with lion head) made of lapislazuli and gold around the middle of the third millennium before christ.
From such handcraft I took my passion for this beautiful stone.