Stone dimensions : Height 4.5", Length 4.5", Width 3"
This stone resembles a shield straight from the middle ages. The stone has three layers. A layer of calcite is sandwiched by two layers of that beautiful royal blue lapis. The stone has many inclusions and the pyrite mottling is perfectly situated to make the stone shine in any light. The luster of the pyrite is remarkable in this piece and is sure to make a great addition to your home.
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 use 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.