Egyptian Lapis Heart Pendant with Lapis Beads and Gold Tubes
Lapis Lazuli, 20k gold
The necklace is 18 inches (45.7 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 11.5 gm.
A necklace of forty-eight lapis lazuli beads alternating with forty-eight 20k gold tube beads with an Egyptian lapi lazuli “heart”pendant. The pendant is 1.45 cm in height, 9.9 mm in width and 5.6 mm in thickness. The drill hole is 1.5 mm in diameter. The lapis beads graduate slightly in size towards the back of the necklace. The largest is 3mm in length and 3.5 mm in width. The smallest is 2 mm in length and 2.5 mm in width. The drill hole diameter is 1.5mm. The gold tubes are 7 mm in length and 2./5 mm in width graduating in size towards the back of the necklace. The smallest is 5 mm in length and 2 mm in width. A 20k gold clasp and beading tips completes the necklace. All of the lapis lazuli that was used by the ancient Egyptians came from what is now Afghanistan. The round beads in this necklace are ancient beads from Afghanistan and are over two thousand years old. The ancient Egyptians believed that the soul resided in the heart. Although we today believe that the consciousness resides in the brain, we still use phrases like “heartfelt emotion” that reveal the ancient belief that the feeling and perceiving self resides in the heart. We still associate the heart with love in spite of the fact that we know that its function is to pump the blood throughout the body. The function of a heart amulet is essentially to protect the soul.