Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli

Sterling Silver Lapis Lazuli earrings

Do you love Lapis Lazuli? Did you know that powdered lapis was used as eyeshadow by Cleopatra and that in ancient times, lapis lazuli was known as sapphire?

Lapis lazuli gets its brilliant blue color from its sulfur content. The more evenly the color is distributed throughout the stone, the higher the quality, and the greater the value. Lapis generally occurs with a speckled and strained consistency, with glittering inclusions of iron pyrite. If the pyrite is well distributed, the stones beauty may be enhanced adding to its genuineness.
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