Lapis Lazuli Stones (Chile)
Size Range (cms) : 3 x 2.5 - 4.3 x 3
Large Lapis Lazuli Tumbled Stones
Lapis lazuli polished stones from Chile. Rich blue colour and a great size for those looking for a larger stone.
One of the oldest of all gemstones, lapis lazuli is known to have been mined in Northern Afghanistan for at least 6,500 years. Although Afghanistan has always been one of the world's largest producers this blue metamorphic rock can also be found in smaller quantities in a few other locations around the world.
The region in Chile where it's found is called Coquimbo and the earliest reference to the mine is 1850. Coquimbo is the only place in the country where lapis lazuli can be found. Although some references talk of another deposit the stone from this location was identified in 1991 as being the mineral dumortierite.
In the early 1980's the quality of the lapis lazuli was described as being "at best mediocre" but more recently significant quantities off fine grade material have been found.
The mine is situated high in the Andes on the steep slope of an amphitheatre-like valley just 500 metres from the border with Argentina. Due to extreme weather conditions the area is only accessible during the summer months which for countries in the southern hemisphere is January to April. From May the road becomes blocked by snow and from October it floods as temperatures begin to rise.
Lapis lazuli is well known and highly sought after and although often described as a mineral it's actually a rock. The reason is because it's made up of several different minerals and its blue colour comes primarily from the mineral lazurite.
Weights and sizes of these large lapis lazuli tumbled stones varies slightly from piece to piece.
Head over to our page on Flickr to see the original photograph of these lapis lazuli stones.
Empathic warriors are stones which have at some point in time sustained some kind of damage, usually a chip or fracture. With rocks and minerals having evolved over millions of years we do not believe in throwing them away. These pieces are available to buy at a significantly reduced price. Empathic warriors are not always available. More information can be found in our article on empathic warrior crystals.
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