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LAPIS LAZULI GEMSTONES

Lapis lazuli, also known as just lapis, is a stone with one of the longest traditions of being considered a gem, with a history stretching back to 5000 BC. Deep blue in color and opaque, this gemstone was highly prized by the pharaohs of ancient Egypt.   It is still extremely popular today. Taken as a whole, lapis lazuli means stone of azure.

The main component of lapis lazuli is lazurite (25% to 40%), a feldspathoid silicate mineral composed of sodium, aluminium, silicon, oxygen, sulfur, and chlorine. Most lapis also contains calcite (white), sodalite (blue) and pyrite (yellow). The finest color is intense blue, lightly dusted with small flecks of golden pyrite. There should be no white calcite veins and the pyrite inclusions should be small. Stones that contain too much calcite or pyrite are not as valuable. Patches of pyrite are an important help in identifying lapis as genuine and do not detract from its value. Often, inferior lapis is dyed to improve its color, but these are often a very dark blue with a noticeable grey cast.

The finest lapis comes from the Badakshan area of Afghanistan. In addition to the Afghan deposits, lapis has been found in the Andes near Ovalle, Chile, where it is usually pale rather than deep blue. Other less important sources are the Lake Baikal region of Russia, Siberia, Angola, Burma, Pakistan, USA (California and Colorado) and Canada.

To view our finished lapis lazuli jewelry, click here. We have the following loose lapis gemstones & carvings in stock: 

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LAPIS LAZULI GEMSTONES

ITEM # SIZE SHAPE COLOR & GRADE WEIGHT PRICE PER CARAT ITEM PRICE
OVAL
1407 lapis lazuli 9x7mm Oval Cabochon Deep Blue A+ 1.70 ct. $4.00 $6.80
1409 lapis lazuli 12x9mm Oval Cabochon Deep Blue A+ 4.08 ct. $4.00 $16.32
1408 lapis lazuli 12x10mm Oval Cabochon Deep Blue A+ 3.14 ct. $4.00 $12.56
1412lapis lazuli 13x11mm Oval Cabochon Deep Blue A+ 4.87 ct. $4.00 $19.48
1413 lapis lazuli
13.3x9.8mm Oval Cabochon Deep Blue A+ 2.36 ct. $4.00 $9.44
1410 faceted lapis 16x12mm Faceted Oval
(checkerboard)
Deep Blue A+ 9.77 ct. $5.00 SOLD
1411 faceted lapis 16x12mm Faceted Oval
(checkerboard)
Deep Blue A+ 9.35 ct. $5.00 $46.75
1406 faceted lapis 16x12mm Faceted Oval
(checkerboard)
Deep Blue A+ 9.29 ct. $5.00 $46.45
1414 faceted lapis 16x12mm Faceted Oval
(checkerboard)
Deep Blue A+ 10.16 ct. $5.00 $50.80
1417 faceted lapis 18x13mm Faceted Oval Deep Blue A+ 12.90 ct. $5.00 $64.50
PEAR
1404 lapis lazuli 12x7 Pear Cabochon Deep Blue A+ 1.43 ct. $3.00 $4.29
1405 lapis lazuli 12.5x7.5mm Pear Cabochon Deep Blue A+ 1.95 ct. $3.00 $5.85
HEART
1419 lapis pair
14x14mm Heart Cabochons
(pair)
Deep Blue A+ 9.84 ct. $4.00 $39.36
TEARDROP
1401 lapis briolette  22x8mm teardrop
(drilled at top)
Deep Blue A+ 8.93 ct. $3.00 $26.79
1402 lapis briolette 22x8mm teardrop
(drilled at top)
Deep Blue A+ 9.15 ct. $3.00 $27.45
1403 lapis briolette 22x8mm teardrop
(drilled at top)
Deep Blue A+ 9.48 ct. $3.00 $28.44
TRILLION
1421 faceted lapis 8x8mm Faceted Trillion Deep Blue AA 1.35 ct. $10.00 $13.50
1423 faceted lapis 8x8mm Faceted Trillion Deep Blue AA 1.49 ct. $10.00 $14.90
CARVING
1422 lapis carving
(Other Side PIC)
41x43x8mm Carving Deep Blue A+ 102 cts. $.50 $51.00

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