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LAPIS LAZULI (COLLECTION OF 5 UNPOLISHED PIECES) - Afghanistan

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LAPIS LAZULI

Collection of five unpolished pieces with golden pyrite crystals

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).

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Size:  4 to 5 centimetres long (average size)
Weight: 127 grams (total weight)

PRICE: £8.00
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