Intricate Lapis Lazuli Carving


Location; Afghanistan

Size; 4cms x 4.5cms x .5cm thick

Weight; 25gms.    Ref No 2502



Intricate Lapis Lazuli Carving

This Intricate Lapis Lazuli Carving would make a superb and pendant. It has been drilled with a small hole. This  can easily be worn on a thong. It has been carved on both sides, with an intricate design of flowers and leaves. This beautiful Lapis carving is unique, a real masterpiece. Lapis Lazuli is a beautiful and iconic semi-precious stone from North Eastern Afghanistan. The mines in the remote Kokcha valley have been producing Lapis Lazuli for 6000 years. These mines have produced 95% of all the Lapis Lazuli that has ever been produced. From there the stone was transported on the ancient silk route to markets in Europe and North Africa.

Lapis Lazuli is a metamorphic rock containing lazurite. It also frequently contains specks of calcite and iron pyrites. These specks of sparkling pyrite were traditional said to represent the stars and planets. While the deep blue of Lapis Lazuli represented the celestial night sky. The name ‘Lapis’ derives from Latin word lapis meaning stone. While the word ‘Lazuli’ derives from the Persian word lazhward meaning blue.

Metaphysically, a highly protective stone that can rapidly reduce stress. This is a stone that is said to encourage creativity. Additionally it is regarded as a stone that can bond relationships in love and friendship. Healers have always treasured this stone that is said to lower blood pressure and boost the immune system. It is regarded as a stone to stimulate wisdom, and the desire for knowledge. It is also said that it is a stone that can help with expressing emotions and feelings.

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