Lapis Lazuli Carving
Lapis Lazuli Blue Metamorphic Rock
Highly polished Lapis Lazuli originating from Afghanistan. The front of the stone is shaped whilst the back is flat. It's a charismatic piece that's well included with specs of the mineral iron pyrite.
Lapis Lazuli is often referred to as a mineral when in fact it's correctly classified as a metamorphic rock because it's made up of several different minerals. Understanding the difference between rocks and minerals can be confusing even for the most accomplished enthusiast.
The use of Lapis Lazuli as a lapidary material dates back thousands of years and some of the earliest mines to have been excavated were located in Afghanistan. The material supplied to the Ancient Egyptians came from these mines and at least one is still being worked today.
This eye-catching polished stone was a great find and is sure to be enjoyed by anyone with a passion for polished rocks and minerals.
Weight (grams) : 220
Size (cms) : 9.9 x 3.8 x 2.9