Lapis lazuli cabochon with the unmistakable colour that makes this blue metamorphic rock so well known right around the world. Highly polished and included with speckles of iron pyrite, it comes from the Badakhshan province of northeastern Afghanistan.
Lapis lazuli is an unmistakeable stone that's been around for thousands of years yet it's often referred to as a mineral which is incorrect. Lapis lazuli is in fact made up of several different minerals which means it's actually a rock. Its blue colour is caused primarily by the mineral lazurite and it features in many famous artifacts around the world the best known of which is the death mask of Tutankhamun.
Used by the Ancient Egyptians for jewellery, beads and amulets, lapis lazuli was also used to make a pigment called ultramarine which was used extensively in paintings from the Renaissance and Boroque periods.
Weight (grams): 15.2
Size (cms): 2.8 in diameter x 0.9