Lapis lazulli is a very beautiful blue stone has long mankind history. It symbolizes honor, gods, power and loyalty. It points out towards truth and wisdom. This is an opaque stone to the naked eyes.
|Formula / Composition||Main rock is lazurite (Na, Ca)8(Al, Si)12O24(S, SO4). Other minerals, this rock has nosean, sodalite and haüyne, sodalite and nosean|
|Hardness (Mohs Scale||5–6|
|Crystal System||Lapis is basically a rock. Lazurite is isometric,. It usually occurs as dodecahedra.|
|Colors||Main colour is Blue mixed with white calcite and pyrite|
|Treatment||Normally dyed or impregnated|
Color / Clarity
The colour of lapislazulli is fine blue, light blue to dense deep dark blue. It usually has pyrite or calcite inclusion which is make more look beautiful. Top quality lapis has no white calcite to naked eyes. Lapis is an opaque stone so clarity is not like other gemstones usually.
Lapis lazuli is cut in most of the time in cabochon forms, carving, decoration item or pendants. Mostly popular is beads making, and carving.
Lapis is derived from the Persian word ” Lazhward” Which means ” Blue”
Origin / Sources
Lapis is originally found in Sar-e-Sang deposit in Afghanistan’s remote Badakhshan district.It has one of the oldest mine in the world which is producing lapis from the last 7000 years. Afghan people themselves have long history in Afghanistan. They have maintain their culture, traditions and language until now in this modern world. Another destination of lapis is Chile where it is found however that material has heavy inclusions of white calcite.
As lapis is bing produced from ancient times, it was among the highest value stone which used to be presented as a tribute to the Egypt almost 4000 B.C. Still that mine is producing lapis today. In the Old Testament, lapis has been told the 5th stone which was pur in the original breastplate of High Priest. Lapis is found in the golden sarcophagus of King Tutankhamen. It was used in the burial ornaments of Egyptian kings and queens. It is found in form of jewelry like pendants, scarabs and other form of jewelry. People used to make a use of it as powder to dyes eye shadow or medicinal slixirs.
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