Lapis Lazuli Rock Necklace (SS45)
The vivid blue colour of lapis lazuli derives from the mineral lazurite - the more lazurite crystals the better quality the stone. Here there are traces of lazurite crystals within a rock matrix (looks like flint to me - but I don't think lazurite is found in flint! It is, however, found in metamorphic limestone, which is probably what this is). I like this because of the flashes of blue but the look of the kind of flints we find around here.
If anyone asks what the stone is - just say Lapis Lazuli in a limestone matrix!
Here I've teamed the three stones with sodalite chips (sodalite also contains lazurite) to create a funky necklace that looks great with t-shirt and jeans. I've included oxidised Bali sterling silver beads to give the necklace a somewhat primitive look to match the roughly cut stones.
This necklace is 19" (482mm) long and finishes with a sterling silver lobster clasp.