Lapis and Abalone Earrings
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Beautiful blue lapis lazuli is paired with abalone teardrops, pearls, and an assortment of tiny, faceted beads. Components are 14k gold fill. Drop is approximately 2.5 inches.
- Lapis lazuli, or lapis, for short, is a deep-blue metamorphic rock used as a semi-precious Stone that has been prized since antiquity for its intense color
- Abalone (marine snail) shells have a low, open spiral structure, and are characterized by several open respiratory pores in a row near the shell's outer edge. The thick inner layer of the shell is composed of nacre (mother-of-pearl), which in many species is highly iridescent, giving rise to a range of strong, changeable colors, which make the shells attractive to humans as decorative objects, jewelry, and as a source of colorful mother-of-pear
- A pearl is a hard, glistening object produced within the soft tissue (specifically the mantle) of a living shelled mollusk or another animal. Just like the shell of a mollusk, a pearl is composed of calcium carbonate (mainly aragonite or a mixture of aragonite and calcite) in minute crystalline form, which has deposited in concentric layers. The ideal pearl is perfectly round and smooth, but many other shapes, known as baroque pearls, can occur.