Tiffany & Co Lapis Lazuli Turquoise Brooch


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    About turquoise jewelry

    Do you know that in the 17th century wearing turquoise jewelry was a must for a well-dressed gentleman? The stone was popular to the point when all of the emeralds in the crown that Napoleon I gave to Empress Marie Louise were replaced with Persian turquoise cabochons.

    Today Persian turquoise is beloved by jewelry aficionados for its warm, calming color. It may vary from sky-blue to green. As to the dark veins, it depends on your preferences and a certain piece. Some jewelry collectors prefer turquoise with web pattern of matrix as it adds character to a piece.

    The name “turquoise” came from the French pierre tourques that translates as a Turkish stone. The mineral was first transported to the West through Turkey from mines in the historical Khorasan province of Iran (Persia) and Afghanistan. Pre-Columbian Native Americans mined the stone throughout nowadays. In all these cultures turquoise was considered as a protective stone for warriors and symbolized the connection to heaven.

    About lapis lazuli jewelry

    Lapis lazuli is easy to recognize because of a distinct combo of a deep blue color and gold flecks. This semi-precious gemstone has been in use since antiquity. It’s considered one of the oldest gems in history as it’s 6,500 years old. Being a base for ultramarine color, lapis had a crucial meaning for the Renaissance and Baroque artists. For instance, a famous bright blue scarf of Vermeer’s Girl with a pearl earring was painted by using ultramarine. Today an amazing color of lapis remains in favor among jewelry designers and their clients. 

    Lapis contains such minerals as lazurite, pyrite and calcite. The sulfur content of lazurite provides the blue color. The gold specks come from pyrite inclusions. The color palette of the gem varies from deep purple and royal blue to turquoise and even greenish blue. Quality of the rock measures by content of blue lazurite along with golden color iron pyrites. 

    The most common cuts for lapis are cabochon or beads. Inlays are widely used for lapis cufflinks and bracelets. Cartier’s and Webb’s greatest hits have been made of lapis within the history of the brands. 

    About Tiffany & Co. brand

    Tiffany & Co. is a symbol of the refined taste and superlative quality all over the world. The brand has a reputation of a leader in luxury goods and diamond jewelry.

    Everything about this high-end jewelry maker, including Tiffany Blue color, is iconic. During the time Tiffany’s has collaborated with the best jewelry designers such as Angela Cummings, Jean Schlumberger, Elsa Peretti and Paloma Picasso.

    Tiffany & Co. engagement rings are undoubtably the most popular among the rest of the diamond ring brands. What makes Tiffany rings to stand out? Tiffany diamond cut is what makes them special. Each diamond by the jeweler comes with excellent cut grades and is graded in house. The company controls every step of the grading process. Tiffany claims their standards as being higher than GIA standards. For a stone with borderline parameters, Tiffany’s experts will go down in grade in order it to be exactly as it described.