These earclips are a marvel of organic materials and Van Cleef design and workmanship. The materials themselves tell many stories but it was Van Cleef who made them come alive for us today. The earclips are composed of lapis lazuli, coral and malachite segments accented by round diamonds. Set in 18k yellow gold. Malachite was mined at the Great Orme mines in Britan 3,800 years ago using stone and bone tools. In ancient Egypt, they believed in the power of resurrection and in an afterlife that contained an eternal paradise. They referred to this place as “Field of Malachite.” Lapis lazuli is a wonderful deep blue and has been highly prized since antiquity because of its color. As early as the 7th millennium BC, lapis lazuli was mined in Afghanistan. Coral are marine invertebrates and fall under the “Animalus” kingdom. Signed VCA, numbered NY 8K605-75. Made in France with French assay and workshop marks.