What is Lapis Lazuli?
Long revered by royalty and given a religious status, lapis lazuli’s history dates back to 3000BC, a time when statues and carvings of the stone are known to have crossed ancient trade routes. While lapis is found in several locations around the world, even Colorado, the most beautiful lapis reigns from the Badakshan Province of Afghanistan.
Under the Microscope
We captured the richest of blues in our designs under transmitted, plane-polarized light. The simpler tri-color palette keeps your attention on the brilliance of the ultramarine blue unique to lazurite (Fresco & Ultramarine designs).
In transmitted, cross-polarized light, brilliant and striking colors play against a dark background of huayne var. lazurite and pyrite, showing the vibrancy of clinopyroxene and mica under the microscope (Neon Tide design).
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