Ok, these lapis lazuli beads are insane! They are a good size, plump but not heavy. The color is so vibrant! These stones may have been dyed to enhance their color – a majority of lapis is. Usually I know for sure one way or the other, but I don’t have the information for these. If they are dyed, the process is stable and it won’t affect wear. The stone is still natural - earth-mined. Little aquamarines are arranged in a cluster atop the lapis stones. They are icy-clear and the prettiest hue of soft blue. These earrings are meticulously wire wrapped in sterling silver. The sterling ear wires and the head pins the aquamarine are mounted on are hand-forged. The total length, including the ear wires, is 1-5/8.” Would you save these for a fancy occasion or pull them out on a regular day, just for fun?