The bracelet’s base that holds the beads – the base-component or the main body of the bracelet, has been cast from fine sterling silver : 92.5 percent silver and rest, strengthening metallic ingredients. This main body is composed of five strips, each with a moulded upper, and flat reverse, and three islands – oval-shaped, with socketed frames soldered on it for holding the beads. The frames for larger beads have on their bottoms additional decorative rings, while the spaces between the frames for small beads have been manipulated with tiny silver granules. On its inside, or the face, the entire silver base has been most brilliantly polished. A popular folk song in ancient Greece admired the brightness of the moon on a particular night, not on all nights, to be as bright as lapis lazuli. Lapis lazuli apart, in this bracelet its finely polished silver base too attains the same translucence as moon has on some special days.
In all early cultures Babylonian, Egyptian, Greek or Himalayan hill region’s, lapis lazuli was revered and used as the most protective amulet. It was long considered as the most effective cure for melancholy : a mental ailment something equivalent to modern times depression or even mental tension, and quartern fever : the malaria occurring on every third, sometimes fourth, day. In Egyptian way of life lapis lazuli was a timeless protector. It protected not merely the ‘living’ but also the ‘dead’. The divine images carved from a lapis lazuli rock were placed around the neck of mummies believing that it will protect not only the mummy from decay but also the dead’s heart. Such similar images installed in the shrines were believed to protect the ‘living’ from all ailments and mishaps. If a divine image could not be carved, a piece of lapis lazuli rock carved into a heart-like shape was placed with the dead believing that it would protect his or her heart.
This description by Prof. P.C. Jain and Dr. Daljeet. Prof. Jain specializes on the aesthetics of literature and is the author of numerous books on Indian art and culture. Dr. Daljeet is the curator of the Miniature Painting Gallery, National Museum, New Delhi. They have both collaborated together on a number of books. .
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