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Crystal System: Cubic crystal system
Chemical Formula: (Na,Ca)₈Al₆Si₆O₂₄ (S,SO)₄
Lazurite, the main constituent, mottled with white calcite and brassy pyrite.
Hardness (Mohs): 5-5.5
Specific Gravity: 2.7-2.9
Refractive Index: 1.5
Origin of this Lapis: Badakhshan Province of Afghanistan.
Lapis Lazuli is a gemstone that has existed since the beginnings of time. The ancient Egyptians used it in their scarabs, pendants and other ornamental objects. The famous golden sarcophagus of King Tut was heavily decorated with Lapis Lazuli stones and Lapis Lazuli jewellery. It was traditionally used as burial ornaments for royalty because of its power to stimulate openness to the spirit world. Lapis Lazuli is a stone of total awareness that helps connect you to a higher truth.
It encourages self-awareness, allows self-expression and reveals inner truth, providing qualities of honesty, compassion and morality to the personality. Stimulates objectivity, clarity and encourages creativity. Lapis Lazuli assists to confront and speak one's truth and inspires confidence.
Lapis Lazuli contains Lazurite, the main constituent, mottled with white calcite and beautiful brassy pyrite.
In ancient Egypt, lapis lazuli was a favourite stone for amulets and ornaments such as scarabs. Lapis jewellery has been found at excavations of the Predynastic Egyptian site Naqada (3300–3100 BC). At Karnak, the relief carvings of Thutmose III (1479-1429 BC) show fragments and barrel-shaped pieces of lapis lazuli being delivered to him as tribute. Powdered lapis was used as eyeshadow by Cleopatra.
Today, mines in northeast Afghanistan are still the major source of lapis lazuli. Important amounts are also produced from mines west of Lake Baikal in Russia, and in the Andes mountains in Chile. Smaller quantities are mined in Italy, Mongolia, the United States, and Canada.
The vibrant hue of the Lapis Lazuli has attracted people since time immemorial. Rich in antiquity, this semi-precious display stone is a must-have for your stone collection. The stone has a beautiful blue texture, accentuated with gold specks. Lapis was used in ancient times for making ornaments. Having a piece of stone at your home that has travelled through time is definitely a marvellous experience. It not only increases the visual appeal of your home, but it also works as a beautiful charm that reminds you of the bygone days from the pages of your history books.