Lapis Lazuli

The large piece pictured was purchased from an old rock hound and is pre-conflict material. I am unlikely to be able to purchase more of this material once it is gone due to the conflict status of it. The other pieces I have came directly from a miner in Afghanistan before the conflict broke out in the area.

Top premium A grade lapis with a rich royal blue colour with pyrite specks are common, occasional white calcite inclusions specially in large pieces of jewellery. Suitable for all types of jewellery or inlays. It is actually made up of 3 common minerals the blue is sodalite, the white calcite, and the gold specks are pyrite. It does sometimes contain other minerals in trace amounts. Lapis has always been a sought-after stone due to the intensity of its colour, with the mines in Afghanistan having been worked for over 6000 years!

Hardness- 5-5.5 Mohs scales

Stone Variety- Feldspar

Country of Origin- Afghanistan

Suitable for:

  • Plugs/Eyelets
  • Labrets
  • Septum - Spikes, Tusks, Pinchers
  • Inlays