Monday, April 14, 2014

L is for LAPIS LAZULI and other Lingering Luxuries


 
I LOVE LAPIS LAZULI, the luxurious feel, the color a Lingering Luxury is a piece of jewelry And my favorite is the blue of LAPIS LAZULI .  What is your favorite stone? To wear for jewelry ? Lapis is my Lingering Luxury.

 
Lapis lazuli /ˈlæpɪs ˈlæˌzl/ or /ˈlæʒl/ (sometimes abbreviated to lapis) is a deep blue semi-precious stone that has been prized since antiquity for its intense color.
Lapis lazuli was being mined in the Sar-i Sang mines[1] and in other mines in the Badakhshan province in northeast Afghanistan as early as the 7th millennium BC,[2] Lapis beads have been found at neolithic burials in Mehrgarh, the Caucasus, and even as far from Afghanistan as Mauritania.[3] It was used for the eyebrows on the funeral mask of King Tutankhamun (1341–1323 BC).[4]
At the end of the Middle Ages, lapis lazuli began to be exported to Europe, where it was ground into powder and made into ultramarine, the finest and most expensive of all blue pigments. It was used by the most important artists of the Renaissance and Baroque, including Masaccio, Perugino, Titian and Vermeer, and was often reserved for the clothing of the central figure of the painting, especially the Virgin Mary.[1]
Today mines in northeast Afghanistan are still the major source of lapis lazuli. Important amounts are also produced from mines west of Lake Baikal in Russia, and in the Andes mountains in Chile. Smaller quantities are mined in Italy, Mongolia, the United States and Canada.
 
 

 
LAPIS. A stunning carved Lapis Lazuli necklace,the Phoenix rising from the ashes.
 
The Talya D collection is vast and varied.The spirit of a collector is so passionate.There is this intense interest and love of beauty,culture,history.Maybe I should have been a museum curator.That would definitely be heaven .But meanwhile,life is just the way i love it,and i am the curator of my own collection.
When i fall in love with an item,I immediately start studying it,researching it,learn...ing as much as i can about it.It grows into an intense interest that brings about collecting of the item very intensively,untill i feel i have a good collection.Then I just add to it from time to time when i encounter a very fine piece.
I organize it,log it and go on to the next collection,while still loving every piece in the previous one.This is a very exciting facet of my life as there is always so much happening in that realm of collecting.I also love to read history and novels relating to the culture of which i am collecting at the moment.Sometimes i read and then decide to study more about a certain culture and to collect items that embody that culture.
I always make sure that the collections pay for themselves .So i auction a few pieces from the collection to do that.Every collection is therefore paid for.That is how most collectors do it.
So i live surrounded by beauty.That is elating in itself and makes it easier to stay positive and happy and loving.