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Lapis Lazuli

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Lapis Lazuli is an intense-blue, opaque gemstone cut en cabochon that is superb both in gold and silver jewelry. 
HISTORY.

At one time Lapis Lazuli had a value equal to gold. As well, in ancient times, Lapis Lazuli was known as “sapphire”. It has been mined in Afghanistan for 6,500 years.

Lapis Lazuli has been incorporated into jewelry for 1000’s of years. For example, Lapis Lazuli jewelry has been found at Predynastic Egyptian sites as well as at  Mesolithic burial locations.

LORE

Lapis Lazuli has been used over the years in various cultures for a number of cures: to relieve melancholy, to help a person be authentic, as an aid in keeping a person’s limbs healthy, as a help in freeing the soul from error and fear as well as being used  as an aphrodisiac.
MINING SOURCES

Major sources are Afghanistan and Chile.  Other sources are Russia, Angola, Pakistan, California, Canada, and India.

IMITATIONS AND ENHANCEMENTS

Imitations include “Swiss Lapis” (dyed quartz), Pierre Gilson imitation Lapis, paste with copper inclusions as well as dyed jasper.  Lapis itself is sometimes enhanced with dye or is sealed with a colorless wax as well as with a synthetic resin.

We do not used imitations or enhanced Lapis Lazuli in Mitsuko’s jewelry.  We recommend that you stay away from such as well.
CHOOSING LAPIS LAZULI FOR YOUR JEWELRY

Prices vary from luxurious to very inexpensive, depending especially on the beauty of the blue of a particular Lapis gem as well as the attractiveness of its inclusions. Color is of utmost consideration.

The best COLOR of this opaque gemstone is a deep intense ultramarine blue found only in a high quality Lapis. If the Lapis has an attractive sprinkling of small, twinkling gold-like INCLUSIONS of pyrite, the gemstone is a desirable gem from Afghanistan. Small flecks of white indicate Chilean Lapis. Finely distributed inclusions increase the value while blotchy grains reduce the value.

Lapis Lazuli is usually CUT en cabochon for rings and pendants. Make sure that the gemstone is well domed, has good symmetry and is well polished. Lapis takes an excellent polish in the hands of a skilled stone cutter.

CARE

Your Lapis Lazuli jewelry should be protected from acidic substances. Lapis is sensitive to heat and alkali as well. It can be scratched or chipped and so should be stored in a separate compartment of your jewelry box.

You will be able to find a very nice Lapis Lazuli gemstone for your jewelry. Be selective and you will find beautiful gemstone for jewelry for yourself or as a gift.

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