Stone dimensions : Height 3", Length 3", Width 1.25"
This stone resembles a stack of surfboards out on the beach. The stone has a multitude of layers interchanging between calcite, pyrite and the blue of lapis. The stone is very valuable because of its large inclusions and deposits. On one of the sides, the calcite streaks through the face of the stone like lightning on a stormy night.
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.