This lost relic, a brilliant blue lapis lazuli dove from the 8th-century AD, is a hand carved bead that was most likely used in an ancient Ottoman necklace. Since antiquity, lapis lazuli, a semi-precious stone, has been thought to ward off evil and give its wearer strength and courage.
The piece was found in a region that later became the Ottoman Empire. It’s been passed through various private collections until finally realizing it’s forever home in this one-of-a-kind piece—meant to adorn the wearer's ear
The ancient dove hangs from a solid 14kt gold Byzantine chain, and is topped with a matching lapis lazuli cabochon—also set in solid 14kt gold.
Details & Materials
- 8th–11th century Persian hand-carved lapis dove
- 4mm Lapis cabochon
- Solid 14kt yellow gold setting
- Solid 14kt handmade Byzantine chain
- 57.5MM x 20MM x 6MM
- Handmade in NYC
*The hand-carved lapis dove is an authentic ancient antiquity dating between the 8th and 11th century discovered in modern day Iran. All gold and additional stones are modern additions. This antiquity was purchased from a private collector in New York, U.S.A.*
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