Stone dimensions : Height 9", Length 9", Width 4.25"
This polished lapis stone resembles the shape of the South American continent. It has similar edges, inlets and coasts. The stone itself has beautiful marbling on its faces. Th stone has one major ridge and two major peaks. The ridge is almost completely covered in pyrite and calcite inclusion with minimal polish so it is possible to see the raw minerals within the ridge. The stone is able to stand by itself however, it leans to one side.
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.