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LAPIS LAZULI (UNPOLISHED PIECE) - Afghanistan

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LAPIS LAZULI

Natural example of
this beautiful rock

 
An example of unpolished, natural lapis lazuli with a vein of tiny 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:  7 x 6.5 x 5  centimetres
Weight: 357 grams

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LAPIS LAZULI (UNPOLISHED PIECE) - Afghanistan
LAPIS LAZULI (UNPOLISHED PIECE) - Afghanistan LAPIS LAZULI (UNPOLISHED PIECE) - Afghanistan LAPIS LAZULI (UNPOLISHED PIECE) - Afghanistan LAPIS LAZULI (UNPOLISHED PIECE) - Afghanistan