4mm Lapis Lazuli

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4mm Lapis Lazuli

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Specification

Color: Blue
Shape: Round
Clarity: Opaque
Approximate Stone Size: 4x4x2mm
Country of Origin: Afghanistan
Hardness: 5.5
Treatment : None

Lapis lazuli or lapis for short, is a deep blue metamorphic rock used as a semi-precious stone that has been prized throughout history for its intense color. As early as the 7th millennium BC, lapis lazuli was mined in the Sar-i Sang mines, in Shortugai, and in other mines in Badakhshan province in northeast Afghanistan. Lapis was highly valued by the Indus Valley Civilisation (3300–1900 BC). Lapis beads have been found at Neolithic burials in Mehrgarh, the Caucasus, and even as far from Afghanistan as Mauritania. It was used in the funeral mask of Tutankhamun (1341–1323 BC).

Lapis takes an excellent polish and can be made into jewelry, carvings, boxes, mosaics, ornaments, small statues, and vases. During the Renaissance, Lapis was ground and processed to make the pigment ultramarine for use in frescoes and oil painting. Its usage as a pigment in oil paint largely ended in the early 19th century when a chemically identical synthetic variety became available.

Product CodeLapcali001
ConditionNew

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