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Lapis Specimen 2

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Original price $200
Current price $170

A beautiful Lapis Specimen with a bunch of crystals with perfect termination. 

Dimensions (length, width, height): 9cm x 5.1cm x 5.1cm

Weight: 265 grams

Origin: Badakhshan, Afghanistan

Color: Blue


Lapis crystals are perfectly terminated with bright blue color.




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. Lapis frequently contains varying amounts of whitish calcite matrix—the host rock that surrounds the gem—or flecks or veins of glinting yellow pyrite, or both. The gem can also have a smoothly uniform bodycolor, free of visible pyrite and calcite. Lapis is semitranslucent to opaque, with a waxy to vitreous luster. It has fair toughness, and its hardness ranges from 5 to 6 on the Mohs scale, depending on the mix of minerals. The lowest-quality lapis looks dull and green, the result of an excess of pyrite. Lapis with white calcite streaks is less valuable.

Worldwide, lapis is mined in several areas. The traditional source of the finest lapis lazuli is the same today as it was thousands of years ago—the mountains of Afghanistan. Other major sources are Chile and Lake Baikal in Siberia, Russia. Minor sources are Angola, Canada, Colorado (US), and Pakistan.




Metamorphic rock


mixture of minerals with lazurite as the main constituent.

Crystal system

None, as lapis is a rock. Lazurite, the main constituent, frequently occurs as dodecahedra



Blue, or purple, mottled with white calcite and brassy pyrite

Crystal habit

Compact, massive



Mohs scale hardness





light blue

Specific gravity


Refractive index


Other characteristics

The variations in composition cause a wide variation in the above values.