Polished Lapis Lazuli
An impressive piece of polished Lapis Lazuli from Chile boasting rich blue colour and inclusions of the minerals pyrite and white calcite. Surprisingly the iron pyrite is not actually an inclusion in the lapis itself but an inclusion within the mineral Lazurite which is one of several minerals that makes up this blue coloured metamorphic rock.
Although Lapis Lazuli is often referred to as a mineral it is in fact a rock because it's made up of a number of different minerals. Lazurite which is the main constituent and primary cause of its colour can also be found in Sodalite, a less expensive and lighter weight mineral that's often mistaken for Lapis Lazuli.
A significant amount of the world's lapis comes from the Badakhshan region of Afghanistan and many of the mines there have been continually worked for 6,500 years. Smaller supplies can also be found in Chile and just a handful of other locations worldwide.
This highly polished piece of Lapis Lazuli weighs in at over one kilo so do bear that in mind before confirming your order.
Weight (grams) : 1076
Size (cms) : 15.4 x 11.9