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Lapis Lazuli

Enjoy our stock of Lapis Lazuli for Sale online. Choose from oval, square, cushion, round and other shapes. Lapis Lazuli is one of the oldest known gemstones and therefore used in many different jewelry designs around the world. We stock many different sizes and shapes including large pieces used for pendants. The blue lapis lazuli gemstone has a very distinct color so it cannot be confused with any other gemstone. Lapis Lazuli is an alternative birthstone for September and therefore a great gift for people born in this month. We carry natural lapis lazuli only, all gemstones on our website can be certified by well known Gemstone Labs.

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Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli is one of our oldest friends in the gemstone domain with a history as decoration, a gemstone and in rituals that stretches back as far as civilization itself.

Lapis Lazuli Colors

Lapis Lazuli is a classic blue gemstone and, in fact, the name for the color comes from the stone not the other way round. This gemstone was first mined in Lajevard, a province in present day Afghanistan and Tajikistan, which became Lazaward in Arabic. Over the centuries this word came to mean blue and is still echoed in the English word azure and French, Portuguese and Spanish translations for blue.

The ideal blue for Lapis Lazuli is a vivid and deep color with perhaps a violet undertone and is often flecked with white or gold spots.

Its distinctive blue color can be seen in such diverse works as the death mask of Tutankhamun, the scarf of the Girl with a Pearl Earring and the Gates of Ishtar in Babylon.

Read more about gemstones colors here

Lapis Lazuli Species

Unlike most gemstones, Lapis Lazuli is a rock made up of a combination several minerals rather than a single mineral. This combination can be a blend of materials but must always include lazurite - the cause of the famous blue color.

Lapis Lazuli Price

Despite its long, illustrious history and good looks, Lapis Lazuli is a very reasonably priced gemstone. It is the color that will dictate the price.

A deep midnight blue with hints of violet or indigo is the most prized color and a scattering of gold or white flecks can add to the price. Not too much, mind you, as too much white (or black, brown and gray) can detract from the value.

Persia, Afghanistan and Tajikistan have a reputation for producing the finest quality Lapis Lazuli so can occasionally command premium prices.

Carat Weight

Lapis Lazuli can be found in almost any carat size - there are literally walls of this gemstone high in the mountains of the Hindu Kush - so larger gemstones do not rise in price per carat.

It is all about the color with Lapis Lazuli but only the highest quality will reach more than $3 or $4 per carat.

For more details please refer to our full Lapis Lazuli Info page here

Treatments

Lapis Lazuli is rarely treated other than the usual cutting and polishing into cabochon gemstones.

Heating is just as likely to produce unattractive colors as lovely deep blues so it is not often tried.

Dyeing is the most common treatment although it is relatively easy to spot as it creates a uniform and unnatural appearance whereas true Lapis Lazuli will have blemishes and streaks.

Where is Lapis Lazuli found?

The famous mines of Afghanistan and Tajikistan are still a major source for lapis lazuli even after 6000 years. South America, Russia, Canada and Myanmar are also suppliers but the gemstones are generally of lower quality.

What jewelry is Lapis Lazuli suitable for?

Lapis Lazuli is rated at 5 - 6 on Mohs hardness scale which is quite low for a gemstone although it has been used for millennia for all types of jewelry. Large stones are available for eye-catching and imaginative pendants and brooches while rings in protective settings have a classic look.

Birthstones and Anniversaries

Lapis Lazuli is a traditional birthstone for September in the UK and used to be the official birthstone for December until replaced by Zircon.

Lapis Lazuli is a traditional wedding gift to celebrate the 9th wedding anniversary.

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