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The name Lapis lazuli comes from the latin word for stone "lapis", and the Persian name for the rock, "lājevard". Afghanistan is and has been the source of the majority of lapis for at least 4000 years. Lapis has been used for jewelry, carvings, bowls, boxes, vases and mosaics. It was ground and processed, and made the pigment ultramarine for oil paintings. Cleopatra even used ground lapis as eye shadow. The most important mineral in lapis is lazurite, a member of the sodalite group, and the source for the rock's characteristic blue. Also commonly found in lapis are white calcite and gold pyrite.
Bora Jewelry combines lapis with many of his signature techniques in these cufflinks. The cufflinks' fronts have 15mm square, flat lapis stones, and the fixed backs have round, cabochon lapis stones. Both bezels are textured and oxidized sterling silver with gold-plated bezels.
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