Lapis Lazuli Egyptian Heart Pendant with Lapis Beads and Gold
Lapis Lazuli, 20k gold
The necklace is 20 3/8 inches (51.8 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 12.5 gm.
A necklace of sixty-six lapis lazuli bi cone shaped beads alternating with sixty-seven 20k gold tube beads with flared ends. There is a lapis lazuli heart pendant at the center-point of the necklace. The pendant is 1.6cm in height, 1 cm in width, and 4.5mm in thickness. The drill hole diameter is 1.4mm. The lapis lazili bi cone shaped beads graduate in size to the back of the necklace. The largest is 5.9mm in length, 4mm in width, and has a drill hole diameter of 1.6mm. The smallest is 4mm in length, 3mm in width and has a drill hole diameter of .9mm. The gold tubes are slightly graduated to match the lapis lazuli beads. The largest gold beads are 6.5mm in length and 2.3mm in width. The smallest are 3mm in length and 2mm in width. The clasp and beading tips are also 20k gold. The flared gold tube beads allow the ends of the lapis lazuli beads to set into the ends of the gold beads like a ball and socket. This gives a very solid and substantial look to a very delicate strand of beads. The lapis lazuli pendant depicts a heart. The heart was thought to be the seat of the soul so the amulet is meant to protect the soul of the wearer. The ancient Egyptians believed that the life force or 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 symbolism of amulets is contained within the associative system of metaphors.