Lapis Lazuli is a particular gemstone type well known for its blue, rich and beautiful color as well as its white bands and small golden pyrite stars. It is one of the oldest semi-precious stones normally used as a gemstone for handmade jewelry. The design of the jewelry depicting the lapis lazuli may decide whether it can be worn next to a formal wear or a casual wardrobe. Lapis Lazuli can also be used for jewelery in addition to other gemstones such as onyx, turquoise or hematite.
If the Lapis color is evenly distributed and rich, they can be very expensive as they are of very high quality. You should look for pyrite in the lapis to avoid artificially colored ones sold by some jewelers. The lower the calcite and the more pyrite, the higher the value of the lapis. There are different types of lapis stones that are available in bracelets, earrings, necklaces and rings.
Care and treatment
Lapis Lazuli is a stone that is very soft and measures on a Mohs scale between 5.0 and 5.5. It is therefore important that you handle it carefully. Use a damp cloth to clean the protective coating and stone so as not to damage it. Do not clean your home with lapis jewelry as it may be damaged by the cleaning chemical. If the jewelry is exposed to direct sunlight, it can also lead to color loss.
Origin and meaning
Lapis implies stone in Latin, while Asula implies blue in Arabic. There is a legend in Persia where it is believed that the color of the sky is the result of a large lapis plate on which the earth rests. Due to this influence of Persia, it is known as blue stone or Asward stone. The stone was discovered in ruins of ancient Roman civilizations of Greek, Egyptian, Babylonian and Persian descent. The stone was first discovered in Afghanistan, where the best quality of the stone is found. The stone is also seen in India, Canada, USA, Pakistan, Burma, Anglolia, Ovalle, Chile, Siberia and Russia.