Lapis Lazuli / Lazurite
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Lapis Lazuli usually occurs in crystalline marble as a result of contact metamorphism. The finest lapis comes from
the Badakhshan area in northern Afghanistan. This source may be the world's oldest, continually worked, mines for
lapis Lazuli. The same mines operating today supplied lapis to the pharaohs and ancient Sumerians. Using stones
from this source, the artisans of the Indus Valley Civilization made beautiful carvings and merchants traded them in
distant lands. Today, as it was more than 5000 years ago, the best stones come from the steep Hindu Kush
Mountains in the north-eastern Afghanistan. The pieces of blue rock, which must be blasted from the rugged terrain
in the mountains, are brought down into the valley in the summer months by mules.

Lapis lazuli is an opaque rock that mainly consists of Diopside and Lazurite. It formed millions of years ago during
the metamorphosis of lime to marble. In its naturally found condition, Lapis Lazuli has matted finish which has a
deep, dark blue color, often with golden inclusions and whitish marble veins. The small inclusions with their golden
shimmer, which give the stone the appearance of a starry sky, are not made of gold, but are actually pyrite. The blue
color comes from the sulfur content of the Lazurite and may range from midnight blue to a light blue. The most
desirable Lapis Lazuli is a deep, dark blue with a light dusting of Pyrite…this comes primarily from Afghanistan.

In addition to the Afghan deposits, lapis has been found in the Andes near Ovalle, Chile, where it is usually  a lighter
blue rather than a deep blue. Other lesser quality sources are the Lake Baikal region of Russia, Siberia, Angola,
Burma, Pakistan, United States (California and Colorado), Canada, and India.


for more information visit
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lapis_lazuli
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Lapis Lazuli Polished Freeform from Afghanistan

From our Personal Collection comes this specimen of exceptional Lapis Lazuli
we procured from an Afghan mineral dealer a few years ago. It has a nice
deep blue coloring with nice veins of pyrite and minimal white marble spots.
This piece can be kept as an excellent polished display specimen, or cut and
made into many very nice quality cabochons.

This specimen weighs 8.9 oz or 0.55 lbs (253g)
and measures 3 x 2.9 x 0.9 inches (7.8 x 7.3 x 2.4cm)
Item # LAP02140565

Lapis Lazuli Polished Freeform
from Afghanistan

$129.00
3.3 Inch Lapis Lazuli Polished Sphere from Afghanistan

From our Personal Collection comes this sphere of exceptional Lapis Lazuli
we procured from an Afghan mineral dealer a few years ago. It has a nice
deep blue coloring with nice veins of pyrite and veins of white marble. This was
hand selected as the nicest large sphere we found in the selection of Lapis
available from several Afghan mineral dealers.

This specimen weighs 35.5 oz or 2.22 lbs (1009g)
and measures 3.3 inches (84.4mm) diameter
Item # LAP021405311

3.3 Inch Lapis Lazuli Polished
Sphere from Afghanistan

$235.00
Photos taken outdoors in sunlight,
specimen is darker blue indoors
Photos taken outdoors in sunlight,
specimen is darker blue indoors
Lapis Lazuli Polished Freeform from Afghanistan
From the Spruce Pine Mineral and Gem Show comes this specimen of
exceptional Lapis Lazuli we procured from an Afghan mineral dealer. It has a
nice deep blue coloring of Lazurite with nice veins of pyrite and grey to white
marble layering. This piece can be kept as an excellent polished display
specimen, or cut and made into many very nice quality cabochons. It is from
Badakhshan, Afganistan.

This specimen weighs 4.8 oz or 0.3 lbs (137g)
and measures 2.7 x 1.9 x 1.2 inches (69.4 x 49.4 x 30.8mm)
Item # LAP0814266772

Lapis Lazuli Polished Freeform
from Afghanistan

$52.00
Photos taken outdoors in sunlight,
specimen is darker blue indoors
Item # LAP0814582916

Lapis Lazuli Polished Freeform
from Afghanistan

$120.00
Photos taken outdoors in sunlight,
specimen is darker blue indoors
Lapis Lazuli Polished Freeform from Afghanistan

From the Spruce Pine Mineral and Gem Show comes this specimen of
exceptional Lapis Lazuli we procured from an Afghan mineral dealer. It has a
nice deep blue coloring of Lazurite with nice veins of pyrite and grey to white
marble layering. This piece can be kept as an excellent polished display
specimen, or cut and made into many very nice quality cabochons. It is from
Badakhshan, Afganistan.

This specimen weighs 7.4 oz or 0.46 lbs (210g)
and measures 2.5 x 2.3 x 0.9 inches (6.5 x 6 x 2.3cm)
Item # LAP0814424844

Lapis Lazuli Polished Freeform
from Afghanistan

$85.00
Photos taken outdoors in sunlight,
specimen is darker blue indoors
Lapis Lazuli Polished Freeform from Afghanistan
From the Spruce Pine Mineral and Gem Show comes this specimen of
exceptional Lapis Lazuli we procured from an Afghan mineral dealer. It has a
nice deep blue coloring of Lazurite with nice veins of pyrite and grey to white
marble layering. This piece can be kept as an excellent polished display
specimen, or cut and made into many very nice quality cabochons. It is from
Badakhshan, Afganistan.

This specimen weighs 10.4 oz or 0.65 lbs (295g)
and measures 3.7 x 2.3 x 0.96 inches (9.5 x 5.9 x 2.4cm)
Lazurite Crystals on matrix from Afghanistan

From the Spruce Pine Mineral and Gem Show comes this rare specimen of Lazurite we procured from
an Afghan mineral dealer. It has multiple nice deep blue  Lazurite crystals up to 0.45" (11.5mm) with the
beginning of layered structure formations in grey to white crystalline marble with spots of Pyrite forming.
This is the beginning formations that many years later become Lapis-Lazuli. This rare Lazurite specimen
is from Badakhshan, Afganistan.

This specimen weighs 11.3 oz or 0.7 lbs (320g)
and measures 3.1 x 2.1 x 1.89 inches (8 x 5.3 x 4.8cm)
Item # LAZ0814854709

Rare Lazurite Crystal Mineral
Specimen from Afghanistan

$159.00