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Lapis Lazuli

Lapis is a beautiful rock; an aggregate of several minerals, mainly lazurite, calcite, and pyrite.

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Intense color

Even, deep blue color is typical of the most desirable lapis.

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Golden flecks

Tiny golden flecks of pyrite complement the gem’s appearance.

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Tablet

The tablet cut is a popular cut style for lapis lazuli jewelry.

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Royal

Large areas of bright royal blue make this specimen appealing.

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Calcite Streaks

Streaks of calcite can detract from the stone’s value.

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Pyrite

Sparkling pyrite inclusions are appreciated by many lapis consumers.

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Hunting Sapphire and Lapis in Mogok, Myanmar
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GIA Field Gemologists Seek Blue Sapphire and Lapis Lazuli in Mogok, Myanmar

Join GIA gemologists as they seek the blue treasures of Mogok.

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Lapis Lazuli from the Coquimbo Region, Chile

Lapis lazuli has been mined from the Coquimbo Region of Chile since 1905.

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A Status Report on Gemstones from Afghanistan

An overview of the plentiful and various gem materials being discovered and produced in Afghanistan.

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Cobalt Glass as a Lapis Lazuli Imitation

The properties of a novel gemological imitation, cobalt glass.

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Lapis-Lazuli from Sar-E-Sang, Badakhshan, Afghanistan

apis-lazuli is an ornamental stone (figure 1) that has been found in the artifacts of some of the oldest known civilizations.

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Lapis Lazuli Care and Cleaning

Learn about lapis lazuli's durability and how to care for your lapis lazuli jewelry.

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Lapis Lazuli Description

Lapis lazuli is a rock, which means it’s an aggregate of several minerals. This ancient gem contains three minerals in varying amounts: lazurite, calcite, and pyrite. Sometimes, it also contains one or more of the following: diopside, amphibole, feldspar, and mica.

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Lapis Lazuli History and Lore

Historians believe the link between humans and lapis lazuli stretches back more than 6,500 years.

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Lapis Lazuli Quality Factors

Learn about the factors that make lapis lazuli so desirable.

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