K2 is in the mountain range called Karakoram located in Pakistan. It is the second tallest mountain on earth and the only place in the world this stone can be found.
This stone is a rough cut cabochon. There are three 4mm denim lapis stones representing the tears. Hangs on a 17in. SS chain with magnetic clasp and two vintage SS Bali beads.
Why the name “Tears of K2?" The Italian climber Fosco Maraini argued in his account of the ascent of Gasherbrum IV that while the name of K2 owes its origin to chance, its clipped, impersonal nature is highly appropriate for so remote and challenging a mountain. He concluded that it was:
... just the bare bones of a name, all rock and ice and storm and abyss. It makes no attempt to sound human. It is atoms and stars. It has the nakedness of the world before the first man—or of the cindered planet after the last.
K2 was first summited in 1954, since then 377 have summited the peak out of over 8000 climbers. It is referred to as the “Savage Mountain.” There have been 91 deaths on K2.
Artist: Ginny Maiolo