Stone dimensions : Height 7.25", Length 7.25", Width 2.75"
This peculiar stone is shaped like the island of Madagascar. The stone is unrivaled in terms of lustour and inclusiveness of pyrite and calcite. The stone has numerous streaks of pyrite which look like thunderbolts striking through the night sky. The stone has a beautiful marbling around the sides and edges. there are no distinguishable ridges or peaks, however, the stone has layers of calcite and lapis along the side. The stone is able to stand upright on the flat side of the stone.
Lapis Lazuli is a deep blue colored metamorphic rock which has been used as a semi-precious stone since the 7th millennium BC. It is prized for its intense mystic blue color and specks of calcite and pyrite which give the mottled colors a goldish hue. Lapis cabochons are stills used to this day for jewelry, decoration or collection.
The meaning of Lapis Lazuli comes from Lapis, which is Latin for stone, and Lajevard, Persian name for the stone and also a location where lapis was once mined. The stone was ground for its natural ultramarine pigment; it was the most expensive blue pigment and was reserved for nobility and depictions of Virgin Mary. Lapis lazuli makes a great collectible stone, decorative centerpiece for your living room, bathroom accents or even as a simple paper weight. The mystique of the stone always draws attention and adds intrigue to any room.