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LAPIS LAZULI - Afghanistan (very large polished piece)

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LAPIS LAZULI

One of the world’s most beautiful stones
 
Very large and spectacular polished piece of this relatively rare semi-precious stone.

​​​​​​​This piece has a flat base and so can be displayed without a stand. It is, however, very tall and thin and so additional support would be advisable if displaying on an open shelf.

The most famous source of lapis lazuli is the Kokcha Valley in Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan where it has been mined since the third millennium BC.  It has since been traded across the world; in ancient Egypt lapis lazuli was a favourite stone for amulets and ornaments.  It has also been worked commercially in Chile and the U.S.A.

Lapis lazuli is a rock consisting of the mineral lazurite but it often contains white calcite, blue sodalite and golden metallic pyrite crystals. When powdered it was the valuable pigment known as ultramarine. Vermeer used ultramarine for his famous painting Girl With a Pearl Earring (1665).

Please note: This piece weighs over
​​​​​​​3 kilograms.

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Size:  34 x 21 x 2.5 centimetres
Weight:  3.39 kilograms

PRICE: £220.00
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LAPIS LAZULI - Afghanistan (very large polished piece)
LAPIS LAZULI - Afghanistan (very large polished piece) LAPIS LAZULI - Afghanistan (very large polished piece) LAPIS LAZULI - Afghanistan (very large polished piece) LAPIS LAZULI - Afghanistan (very large polished piece)