Lapis Lazuli

Lapis is a rock that is prized for its unique blue color. Often containing veins of gray or white, which is caused by pyrite or calcite, Lapis is very versatile. It is usually carved into many different shapes or cut into spheres and cabs.

This stone is mined in several places, with the most significant pieces coming from Afghanistan, Chile, Siberia, Burma, Canada, Angola, Pakistan, and the US (California). It has a harness of 5.0 - 5.5.

Lapis is a silicate of sodium and aluminum, containing sulfur. Typically opaque, this stone's value compares with that of turquoise or jade.

 

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