This is a A+++ Grade Lapis Lazuli from Afghanistan. All the pictures and videos were taken in natural sunlight to showcase its true color, and all the tiny details that make each of the stones unique.
A+++ graded lapis lazuli is very difficult to find as majority of its kind do not meet this standared, which is why these specific Lapis Lazuli is highly sought after.
This royal blue crystal features subtle pyrite streaks, giving it a metallic flash.
This Lapis Lazuli was carefully polished to have an amazingly smooth feel in the hand. There is 0 artificial dye, the color of the gem is 100% natural.
Weight : 1500 gram
Size : 16x14x4 Cm
Treatment : Natural
Origin : Sar e Sang, Badakhshan, Afghanistan
All of our goods are made from 100% real stones that were chosen for their vibrant colors and potent natural energies. When sourcing gems, we do not support mines that engage in child labor, utilize exploitative labor practices, or harm the environment. You can be confident that nothing negative or destructive has happened in the process of sending your stones to you.
These wonderful blue stones, said to be in existence since the beginning of time, are used extensively in Crystal Healing with both the Throat Chakra and the Third Eye Chakra. This peaceful stone is said to be a wonderful aid to communication in addition to repel negative energy and psychic attack.
Lapis Lazuli is an incredibly rare gemstone. Its chemical composition is so complex that the geological conditions have to be just right for its formation. For this reason, lapis lazuli is mainly found in two places on Earth – Afghanistan and Chile. These are the only mines where commercial-grade lapis lazuli is extracted.
There are several other places where you can find some pockets of smaller and lower-quality lapis lazuli – Lake Baikal in Russia and Baffin Island in Canada – but this lapis is too poor to be used in most manufacturing. There are accounts of lapis lazuli occurring in other sites, but these are not confirmed by geologists. Just because there is a blue stone does not make it lapis lazuli.
The Afghan and Chilean deposits, despite being halfway across the world from each other, share some unique attributes that lay the groundwork for high-quality lapis lazuli.
The Afghan deposit, named Sar-E-Sang, is located to the north alongside the Hindukush mountain range. It is at an altitude of 4,000 meters. It is one of the oldest mine in the world, dating back over 7,000 years, and having been the source of lapis lazuli throughout ancient times. The mine is high up in the mountains, covered in snow for much of the year and reaches scorching temperatures during the summer. The area is sparcely populated and inhabited by wild animals, including wolves. Unfortunately, the flow of lapis lazuli from this region has thinned over the years due to the political instability in Afghanistan.
Despite the fact that both types of lapis are equally high quality, the gemstones have some differences. Afghan lapis lazuli has an intense blue color with gold flecks, but is nearly absent of any of the white or grey streaks that characterizes Chilean lapis. In fact, the deep blue of Afghan lapis is occasionally lightly violet, because it has a higher consistency of the blue-violet lazurite to make up for other substances like calcite.
In any case, the purity of the stone is not affected by the amount of pyrite, calcite, or any other chemical. In fact, it is these chemical impurities that add to the beauty of the stone.
Golden flecks of pyrite often conjure an image of a starry night sky, while white veins often give the stone a whimsical quality or give the appearance of wisps of cloud streaking the sky. Though lapis lazuli can withstand these small changes in chemical composition, it is clear that its composition is so complex that it is unlikely to occur anywhere else in the world. This makes it a very unique semi-precious stone.
Lapis Lazuli by definition is made up of the following three minerals:
Lazurite : Na6Ca2(Al6Si6O24)(SO4,S,S2, S3,Cl,OH)2
Calcite: CaCO3Lapis Lazuli is an incredibly rare gemstone. Its complicated chemical makeup requires ideal geological conditions for formation. Thus, lapis lazuli is mostly found in Afghanistan and Chile. Only these mines produce commercial-grade lapis lazuli.
Lake Baikal in Russia and Baffin Island in Canada also include areas of smaller, lower-quality lapis lazuli, but it's too poor to use in manufacturing. Geologists have not verified other lapis lazuli sites. Blue stones are not lapis lazuli.
The Hindukush mountain range borders the northern Afghan deposit, Sar-E-Sang. 4,000 metres high. Lapis lazuli was mined there for almost 7,000 years. The mountaintop mine is snow-covered and hot in summer. Wolves live in the sparsely populated area. Political insecurity in Afghanistan has reduced lapis lazuli exports from this region.
Both lapis types are high-quality, yet they differ. Afghan lapis lazuli has a deep blue tint with gold specks but few white or grey streaks like Chilean lapis. Because it has more blue-violet lazurite to compensate for other minerals like calcite, Afghan lapis is sometimes softly violet.
Pyrite, calcite, and other chemicals do not influence stone clarity. Chemical impurities make the stone beautiful.
Golden pyrite flakes evoke a starry night sky, while white veins make the stone look playful or like wisps of cloud striping the sky. Lapis lazuli can resist these minor chemical changes, but its composition is so complicated that it is unlikely to occur anyplace else. It's a rare semi-precious stone.
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The shipping was fast was safe, and the turnaround was quick from payment to acceptance. This is a very sizable, and very nice piece of Lapis Lazuli. It’s definitely high grade grade lapis. And considering it’s 3 lbs, it was a great value. It looks really great in the sun. It’s a very beautiful piece with very little calcite outside of the edges. It also has a good distribution of pyrite scattered throughout. And personally, I loved how this is a freeform shaped like a triangle. I’d definitely buy from this shop again, and I’d recommend them for high quality polished Lapis Lazuli. There’s definitely a few other listings of Lapis Lazuli I’d love to add to my collection from this storefront. I’m sure I’ll be a return customer at some point. Thanks!