Lapis Lazuli gemstone cabochon.
This is a beautiful gemstone with silver pyrite inclusions. This stone is from Afghanistan where
Lapis lazuli is prized for
itís intense blue color. It has been mined in Afghanistan for over 6,000
years. Formed from more than one mineral with the main component of
lazurite. Most lapis lazuli also contains white calcite, blue sodalite and
pyrite. The finest color is intense blue, lightly dusted with small flecks
of golden pyrite. Patches of pyrite help in identifying the stone as genuine
and do not detract from its value. In addition to the Afghan deposits, lapis
has been extracted for years in the Andes, where the deep blue stones rival
the quality of those from Afghanistan.
Measures 42 mm x 20 mm x 7 mm.
Approximately 1-5/8" x 3/4" x 1/4".