Lapis is a beautiful rock; an aggregate of several minerals, mainly lazurite, calcite, and pyrite.
ABOUT LAPIS LAZULI
This ancient rock is an aggregate of several minerals. The three major minerals that comprise lapis are lazurite, calcite, and pyrite. The rock can also contain lesser amounts of diopside, amphibole, feldspar, or mica. Lazurite is the ingredient responsible for producing the gem’s most prized color—bright royal blue.
WHY WE LOVE THIS GEMSTONE
Lapis was treasured by the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, Greece, and Rome.
Golden flecks of pyrite create a sparkle in lapis lazuli.
In 1271, Marco Polo described ancient Bactria’s lapis mines.
From ancient times to the present, many civilizations have prized lapis lazuli for its exquisite deep blue color.
Scholars of ancient civilizations believe that the link between man and lapis lazuli stretches back beyond 6,500 years.
Renaissance painters used lapis to make “ultramarine” blue, an expensive pigment of unrivaled brightness and stability.
Lapis lazuli is valued for its dark blue to violetish blue color.