This is a polished piece of natural Lapis Lazuli. A truly spectacular stone of electric blue lazurite, golden pyrite and a little white calcite. A standout center piece for the discerning collector or crystal lover. This specimen displays well and the deep dark blue is of gem quality. Also called the Stone of Royalty. Lapis lazuli has been mined in Afghanistan for over 5000 years and remains a highly sought after gem stone.
6.1cm x 6.3cm x 2.6cm, 150g.
Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan.
Lazurite is a popular but generally expensive mineral. Well-formed, deep blue crystals are rare and valuable. It is more commonly found massive and combined with other minerals into a rock called lapis lazuli. Lapis lazuli or lapis for short is mostly lazurite but commonly contains pyrite and calcite and some other minerals. The name means “blue rock” and is always a brilliant blue with violet or greenish tints. The rich blue color is due to the sulfur that is inherent in the structure of lazurite. Small crystals of pyrite are always present in lapis and their brassy yellow color is both attractive and diagnostic in distinguishing lapis from its also blue cousin – sodalite rock, which lacks pyrite. The calcite produces white streaks in the lapis and too much calcite will lower the value of the stone.
Helps to expand awareness and intellectual capacity. Said to have existed ‘before time was born’ Lapis assists one in gaining admission to the unknown, sacred texts and esoteric ideas. Enhances the wisdom to allow understanding of these. Also connects the physical plane and celestial kingdom. A protective stone, sheltering the wearer from physical danger and psychic attack. A stone for the throat chakra.
** Crystal properties from Melody’s Love is in the Earth Encyclopedia **