These gorgeous delights are made from fine silver findings (.999), and feature beautiful antique Czech glass trade beads and discs of coveted lapis lazuli. The yellow and red Czech glass beads were made sometime in the late 19th or early 20th century by Czech glass makers. Czech glass beads were prized as currency in Africa and elsewhere, especially by adventurous explorers. Lapis lazuli has been prized since antiquity for its intense blue color. Mined in Afghanistan since at least the 7th century BCE, lapis lazuli was found in the funeral mask of King Tutankhamun, and was prized by Renaissance and Baroque artists for its stunning blue pigment. Vermeer used it in his portrait, "Girl with a Pearl Earring." Now your earrings will tell the stories of these captivating stones. This is a one-of-a-kind piece, so you are wearing an original work of art. Findings:Fine Silver (.999) Large red and smaller yellow antique Czech glass trade beads Discs of lapis lazuli Please note that I work with antique beads that have been reliably sourced for authenticity. Shouldn't your jewelry tell a story as fascinating as your own?