The striking combination of bright, blue lapis lazuli and polished gold was as favored by the ancient Sumerians as it was by the Egyptians. The Sumerians inhabited lower Mesopotamia between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers from the middle of the 4th millennium B.C. until about 1792 B.C. They learned early on how to shape gold, silver, copper and bronze into useful objects. Necklaces, other jewelry, boxes and statues richly embellished with gold and lapis were found among the many treasures excavated at the royal cemetery at Ur.
Materials: frosted lapis, brass beads with gold finish, lobster claw closure