587 Grams AFGHAN (Badakhshan) Fine QUALITY ROUGH LAPIS LAZULI

Item Information

Dimensions (mm) 101.6 x 50.8 x 50.8mm
Weight (carats) 2935 carats
Colors
No Treatment
Fine QUALITY (mine4) UNTREATED rough Lapiz Lazuli from Afghanistan with INDIGO (NILI) Blue color.  This has  medium-dark tone and color is intense uniform slightly violetish Blue. This is considered fine quality Lapis Lazuli in Afghanistan and has little  calcite, with some  pyrite present. 


·       Color: slightly violetish Blue
·       Dimensions: 4x2x2inch
·       Total Weight: 587 Grams
·       Shape/cut: Rough
·       Treatment: None
·       Clarity: Opaque
·       Hardness: 5-6
·       Origin: Afghanistan
·       Per kg price: USD1000
·       Contact us for more information
·       SKU: GL-04

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Lapis lazuli a dark mid-night blue, spangled with golden flecks (Pyrite)—has inspired awe and admiration for millennia. Lapis lazuli is among the best-known opaque gems. It’s a prime example of an opaque colored stone that is marketed both as gems for jewelry and as ornamental materials. Throughout its history, lapis have been fashioned into practical objects, including game boards, bowls, and amulets. Today, lapis is frequently fashioned into freeform and nature-themed sculptures. Some of these carvings become wearable art, others are purely decorative. Its midnight blue hue suggests deep tranquility, yet its heritage is filled with strife, danger, and hardship. For centuries, miners have extracted fine lapis lazuli from harsh terrain. Lapis Lazuli is the traditional birthstone for December and the accepted gem for the seventh and ninth wedding anniversary. It is the planetary stone for Capricorn and the Zodiac stone for Libra.

Historians believe that the link between man and lapis lazuli stretches back more than 6,500 years. This beautiful stone was treasured by the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, Greece, and Rome. They valued it for its vivid, exquisite color, and prized it as much as they prized other blue gems like sapphire and turquoise. Badakhshan, a province in present-day Afghanistan, is a forbidding wasteland of mountains, bare of any vegetation. The sheer mountain faces rise as high as 17,000 feet (5 km) and are scored with treacherous ravines. Humans make their way there to seek one thing only: the azure treasures that are fine lapis lazuli. This area is, in fact, the world’s oldest known commercial gemstone source. Marco Polo referred to the area’s lapis mines in 1271, but few outsiders have seen them because of their inhospitable location. Lapis lazuli is valued for its rich blue color and history and merchant caravans transported this precious blue cargo across Bactria, on their way to the great cities of ancient Greek, India, Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Persia. Worldwide, lapis is mined in several areas. The traditional source of the finest lapis lazuli is the same today as it was thousands of years ago—the mountains of Afghanistan. The ancient mines of Bactria—now Afghanistan—are still producing lapis today. Afghanistan is the world’s major source of lapis lazuli as well as the major source of the gem’s best color.

Lapis value is based on color and the presence or absence of calcite or pyrite. In its most prized form, it is an intense, uniform, medium-dark, slightly violetish blue with no visible calcite and pyrite flecks. If the flecks are small and sprinkled attractively throughout the gem, their presence doesn’t necessarily lower lapis lazuli’s value. This quality is known in the trade as Afghan.

Lapis treatments are common, but treated lapis is not very stable, and it’s always less valuable than natural lapis. Dyeing is one of the most common lapis treatments. It improves color and conceals calcite inclusions. The dye might be applied to the whole gem or only to parts of it. Natural greenish lapis can be heated slightly and then dyed to improve their color. Lapis that hasn’t been dyed might be impregnated with wax or with oil to improve color and luster.

We only offer Lapis Lazuli in its untreated form to our respected customers. A beautiful lapis gemstone or a piece of jewelry by Himalayan Gems and Jewelry has traveled a long and difficult route to get to you and when you buy from us, you are self-assured you get the quality lapis lazuli from historical mines of bacteria (Afghanistan).


My Sales Policy:

I offer a full refund and return policy for my buyers. You can buy from me with total confidence. No questions will be asked for any return because I understand pictures can't judge the gemstones, and they have to be examined with your own eye. All gems I offer for sale look much better in real when you receive them, for I used my gemologist expertise earned from GIA for every single stone I picked. And more importantly, all the gemstones I offer are tested with many gemology tools for quality and treatment. I offer only natural gemstones and no lab-grown (synthetic). My goal is to attract happy customers by providing genuine gemstones and disclosure of the true identity of each gem I offer.

 

Photography Information:
All photos are taken with Canon DS126441 under the daylight equivalent lamp. I tried my best to capture all characteristics of each gemstone, focusing on actual color, clarity, and cut of the gem.


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