Natural lapis lazuli semi-precious stone from Afghanistan! These loose, round stone beads are ideal for jewelry making. They come in a 15 inch strand. We can promise this is 100% natural Lapis Lazuli material. It will never lose its beautiful color!
Bead diameters: 4mm (0.15in) 6mm (0.23in) 8mm (0.31in) 10mm (0.39in) 12mm (0.47in)
Length of strand: Approx. 380mm (15in)
Must read before buying:
- You will receive one similar to the photo. Color and patterns may vary, because natural stone has many natural variations.
- We have a very low minimum order: 1 strand as one lot.
ABOUT LAPIS LAZULI
Lapis lazuli, or lapis for short, is a deep-blue metamorphic rock used as a semi-precious stone that has been prized since antiquity for its intense color.
As early as the 7th millennium BC, lapis lazuli was mined in the Sar-i Sang mines, in Shortugai, and in other mines in Badakhshan province in northeast Afghanistan.
Lapis lazuli artifacts, dated to 7570 BC, have been found at Bhirrana, which is the oldest site of Indus Valley civilisation. Lapis was highly valued by the Indus Valley Civilisation (7570–1900 BC). Lapis beads have been found at Neolithic burials in Mehrgarh, the Caucasus, and as far away as Mauritania.It was used in the funeral mask of Tutankhamun (1341–1323 BC).
By the end of the Middle Ages, lapis lazuli began to be exported to Europe, where it was ground into powder and made into ultramarine, the finest and most expensive of all blue pigments. Ultramarine was used by some of the most important artists of the Renaissance and Baroque, including Masaccio, Perugino, Titian and Vermeer, and was often reserved for the clothing of the central figures of their paintings, especially the Virgin Mary.
The Sumerians believed that the spirit of their gods lived within the stone, while the ancient Egyptians saw it as a symbol of the night sky. Since the earliest of times, lapis lazuli has been associated with strength and courage, royalty and wisdom, intellect and truth.