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LAPIS LAZULI STONE

Lapis lazuli is Chile’s national stone, declared as such on September 23rd 1984. It is a semi-precious stone composed of at least 14 different minerals, lazurite stands out amongst these, providing its characteristic blue color; wollastonite and calcite produce their gray and white seams, and pyrite decorates it with its golden highlights.

Lapis Lazuli is the combination of two words, one is Latin word "lapis", which means stone and another word "a zul" in Arabic, which means blue. Lapis lazuli has always been a symbol of purity, health, elegance, luck and nobility because of its intense and exclusive blue color. This is why this semiprecious stone has been present in men’s creations for over 6000 years.

There are only two deposits in the world where this beautiful stone can be found, one of them being a mine located in Afghanistan and the other one in Chile. A mine called Flor de los Andes, located 3.600 meters above sea level, in the Andes mountain range, where its exploitation is only possible in the summer months.

Expert craftsmen design and create real art pieces with pure lapis lazuli or lapis lazuli combined with precious metals, giving birth to exclusive jewelry and decorative articles, with guaranteed quality, originated in the end of the world, which are shown in the following catalogue
Lapis lazuli stone
Lapis lazuli
Lapis lazuli rock
Lapis lazuli seen under microscope


Chemical Formula:
(Na, Ca)8Al6Si6O24(S, SO4)
Mineral Name: Lazurite
Color: Varying shades of blue
Hardness: 5.5
Specific Gravity: 2.4 - 2.9


Links :
Lapis Lazuli by Jacqueline R. Haltom : What is Lapis Lazuli? How was Lapis Lazuli Used in the Ancient World ? Does Lapis Lazuli Have Other Uses Than Jewelry ? How Can I Create a Lapis Lazuli Effect?
Mindat.org : A rock type, containing primarily Lazurite, Calcite and Pyrite. Mined and carved as a decorative stone, this rock has a distinctive blue colour (due to the Lazurite), and this name is often mistakenly given for the mineral Lazurite itself.


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