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Lapis lazuli is one of the oldest of all gems, with a history stretching back some 7000 years or more. The ancient Roman...read more

Lapis lazuli is one of the oldest of all gems, with a history stretching back some 7000 years or more. The ancient Roman natural historian Pliny the Elder called lapis lazuli “a fragment of the starry firmament,” in admiration of its colours, deep blue with twinkling bits of gold. Beads, jewellery, and carvings have been found at numerous archaeological sites. This gemstone has been prized for its bright, blue colour and used for inlay and intarsia as well as for pigments for cosmetics and paintings. Its contrast and eye appeal are irresistible. For lapis lazuli, the finest colour will be an even, intense blue, lightly dusted with small flecks of golden pyrite. All our Lapis have been bought in Badakshan (Afghanistan).  The Sar-e-Sang deposit in Badakshan is one of the oldest in the world, producing continuously for over 7000 years

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