Lapis Lazuli with Japanese Opal Pendant in Sterling Silver
The deep blues and greens of this Lapis Lazuli and Japanese Opal inlay pendant features colors that you are going to be obsessed with! The leather cord gives a classy but also sophisticated Southwestern feel. This intricate one-of-a-kind pendant was created by Ed Lohman of Absolute Jewelry. In fact, every single piece that Ed creates is one of a kind. He focuses on hand selecting semi-precious stones from around the world with design inspiration from the American Southwest including the Mesa Verde Cliff Dwellers in Colorado and the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico. All of Ed’s pieces are made in Cebu, an island located in the middle of the Philippines where he provides his highly skilled team of 60 jewelers and lapidaries with social security, paid vacation and maternity leave. Each piece takes between one or two days to create due to the intricate inlay work. You’ll notice that Ed continues the inlay work on the bail of this pendant, rather than use a plain bail because he wanted to create a look that is difficult to achieve without using filler material. Ed trained in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Durango, Colorado in the late 60s, learning on the job with different artists and learning different techniques.
Full disclosure, the Japanese Opal in this pendant is synthetic man-made material, not a natural stone, however, the lapis lazuli is natural but may be dyed to enhance the color.