What is Lapis lazuli?
Lapis Lazuli is a metamorphic rock simply known as the Lapis gemstone. It is a highly prized gemstone composed with a variety of minerals like calcite (white calcium carbonate), pyrite (white-golden iron sulfide) and Sodalite/Lazurite (a complex blue mineral).
Well, the pyrite mineral presence it used to cross-check whether it’s an original Lapis Lazuli gemstone. In today’s world, Lapis Lazuli is one of the most valuable gemstones in the market. To be frank, owing to this fact, several lower quality Lapis specimens dyed to replicate the appearance of the original stone.
The presence of various minerals composed together of several years makes the Lapis Lazuli gemstone in deep blue color.
How Lapis lazuli formed?
The Sodalite or Lazurite is the most essential element when it comes to the formation of blue crystal Lapis Lazuli and it’s the main reason for the crystal to be in blue color. The finest quality of Lapis Lazuli stone will be in the mixture of lesser calcite and pyrite when compared with Lazurite.
Lapis Lazuli formed by the contact metamorphic rock with various compositions owing to that its physical properties too get varies. In simple wordings, the blue gemstone Lapis Lazuli formed by contact metamorphism of limestone. In usual, the lapis lazuli occurs in the form of crystalline marble as the result of contact metamorphism.
The history behind Lapis lazuli
The deep blue metamorphic rock Lapis lazuli is in usage right from the 7th millennium BCE and it is mined from Afghanistan. It is one among the vital ornaments and high-valued items in Indus Valley Civilization. Ancient Egyptians manage to obtain the blue metamorphic rock through trading with Afghanistan.
In fact, the lapis lazuli is often known to as Afghanistan’s blue treasure and also there are several writes which pinpoint the fact that the lapis lazuli is found in caves and not mined.
Lapis lazuli Usages
Because of its shiny and attractive nature, the Lapis lazuli well polished and transformed into jewels, carvings, decorative boxes, mosaics (flooring stone), ornaments, even sculptured into small statues and flower vases for decorative purposes.
In addition, Lapis Lazuli also used as pigments and for treatments as it mainly possesses healing properties and lapis offers help on clearing throat issues, neck problems, Low BP, and so. Many people prefer lapis stone for performing crystal healing sessions or also known as meditation purposes. It is widely believed as it protects against negative influences.
We, Artefactindia – one of the well-known manufacturer and supplier of marble inlay products from India prefer high-quality lapis lazuli blue gemstone for creating wonderful marble inlay products. All our decorative products manufactured by lapis blue stone are highly attractive and eye-grabbing decorative elements.