A magnificent piece of lapis lazuli from Afghanistan, highly polished and visibly included with golden specs of pyrite and white calcite. The front of this stone has been shaped whilst the back is completely flat.
The rich blue colour of this stone comes from the presence of a mineral called lazurite. The specs of pyrite often present in lapis are in fact inclusions within the lazurite.
The use of lapis lazuli as a decorative material dates back thousands of years and some of the earliest mines to have been excavated were located in Badakhshan in the north east of Afghanistan. The material supplied to the Ancient Egyptian pharaohs is believed to have come from these mines and at least one is still in operation today.
A beautiful piece of lapis lazuli from our exciting collection of rocks and minerals.