Half Bloom lapis earrings
Inspired by the motifs found on Afghan and Persian carpets
Material: Silver, lapis
Silver and lapis
British Museum Afghanistan selection, 2011
Inspired by the motifs found on Afghan and Persian carpets, these stylish, easy to wear earrings were made to be worn alone or to complement the pendants in this collection. Carpets are found in most homes in the region and the intricate patterns and designs derived from the beauty of nature are reflected in the piece.
Afghanistan was the source of lapis lazuli for the ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations, as well as the later Greeks and Romans.The best lapis lazuli is found in Badakhshan province in north-eastern Afghanistan and has been used for millennia in jewellery. The word lazuli is derived ultimately from the Persian lazhward, the name of a place where it was mined and which came to be associated with the stone and, eventually, with its colour.
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