Braybrook & Britten

Natural Lapis Lazuli 15mm Bead Necklace N120

Ref: N120
Lapis Lazuli is actually a mixture of three minerals. Lazurite (deep ultramarine blue). Sodalite (a denim blue with a sort of dappled texture) and Calcite (white) often with a sprinkling of golden pyrites crystals. The relative proportions and mixing defines the grade of Lapis Lazuli. The best is ultramarine (but not too dark) with an even fine patterning and not too much pyrites or pale patches of calcite. Actually, these are a particularly good and consistent colour. 15mm beads and AAA+ grade Lapis Lazuli beads of this large size are extremely uncommon. There is a lot of Lapis Lazuli in this necklace (there is 3x more Lapis in a 15mm bead as a 10mm bead and the sheer amount of Lapis required to make a full necklace of this impressive bead size explains why they are so uncommon). Natural colour Lapis Lazuli that has not been mucked about with is getting harder to find and buying Lapis is a bit of a minefield. The market has no shortage of dyed Lapis (some of which isn't even Lapis) and synthetic Lapis - it is easy to get caught out by an apparent bargain. This isn't cheap, but it is a bargain because it is exactly what it says it is. We know because it comes straight from the workshop (run by two brothers) who cut the stone for our boxes. They also make beads from the higher grades of rough Lapis. In fact I am pretty sure we have met the Afghani family that provided the Lapis as the storage unit where the blocks of Lapis arrive is close to their workshop. 47cm long, this really is very beautiful Lapis Lazuli with a high gloss polish. Gold and Lapis go naturally together, so we have added one of our large easy to use gilded sterling silver ball clasps. 15mm beads, all hand knotted. A classic Lapis Lazuli necklace of outstanding quality.

Hand engraving has a minimum cost of £39.00, which typically covers up to three initials or 10 characters in an inscription such as a name. If it looks like your engraving will cost more than this, we will confirm the actual cost with you by telephone or email once we have seen your order.

For further information we recommend you read Hand Engraving.

If ordering cufflinks, remember there are two cufflinks in a pair and hence will involve extra cost.

If you have a preferred style, please make a note in the notes box during checkout.

NOTE: In the run up to Christmas we reach a point where we may remove the engraving option on products because we have reached maximum capacity. Contact us and we can still arrange engraving for delivery after Christmas.

By Post? By Tomorrow?


Nobody likes waiting. We certainly don't. And if our own experiences of mail order are anything to go by there are some companies out there who always seem to be out of stock of everything.

Therefore we try to keep our very large vault stocked with everything in the current catalogue. And if we are low on stock, we remove it from the website.

We estimate that at any one time - even when it gets busy towards Christmas - we have 95% of orders packed and ready for despatch the same day. Rush orders on Special Delivery can go out the same day, if ordered before 1pm. Please note we despatch Monday to Thursday for most of the year and include Fridays from November to December.

However, please note that if paying by cheque, orders can't be despatched until the cheque has cleared. This may take up to 5 working days.

If you order something and we haven't got it in stock, we'll tell you there and then and give you an accurate estimate of when we will be able to despatch it. As a rule of thumb, if it is on the website it is in the vault or due in a few days (such as items expected back from hallmarking).

  • We can part despatch orders.
  • We can send your order to multiple addresses.
  • We can despatch overseas (See below re Tax deduction for export orders).

We use the ROYAL MAIL.

We offer two standard delivery options for the UK:

TRACKED 48 & 24 DELIVERY, which takes 2-3 working days once despatched. Close to Christmas all orders go out on a Royal Mail Tracked 24 or Special Delivery service.

SPECIAL DELIVERY, the insured next day service with online tracking and redelivery can be arranged for a set day. We recommend this for orders over £400.

PLEASE NOTE: Orders placed on a Thursday (after 1pm), will be posted on Monday (except Nov to Dec when we also despatch on Fridays). Special Delivery orders placed in this period will therefore be delivered on Tuesday. Don't forget to allow for additional days if there is a bank or public holiday!



Obviously if an item arrives damaged or faulty, just send it back to us and we will refund or exchange it and cover your postal expenses. If for whatever reason the items is not as you expected or isn't right for you, just post them back to us (carefully packaged and in original condition please), letting us know whether you require an exchange or refund, to: Braybrook & Britten Ltd, PO Box 78783, London W3 3HP. In the run up to Christmas we appreciate it might be several weeks before a gift is opened. Don't worry, we are happy to handle these exchanges and refunds in January. See our terms and conditions for more information.



Wherever you are in the world, we can deliver to you. Overseas deliveries can be via International Special Delivery, Airsure or FedEx. Details and costs for overseas deliveries can be estimated by going to the basket and selecting the delivery country. Sometimes, particularly large or heavy packages may require us to adjust the delivery cost stated - but we will inform you and get your consent before doing that.

Equally, if a package is smaller than average we often reduce the standard delivery cost on the order. Every little helps.....

NOTE: Orders being sent outside of the UK (or certain tax exempt territories and BFPO postings) can have the 20% VAT (UK sales tax) deducted. Please be advised that depending upon value or local revenue laws, some import duty or sales tax may be charged by your local Customs & Revenue. The checkout process normally deducts the 20% VAT when the delivery country address is confirmed. If it doesn’t, don’t worry, we will spot this and credit it manually.

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