Magnificent 4 Arabian Blue Lapis Trapezoid Beads

Product Code: nor572

Availability:In stock

Price is for 4 pieces of these lovely cut beads, they measure 18mm x 13mm x 6mm. The beads are top drilled and the hole size is 0.8mm.

The combination of royal blue and flakes of gold has made lapis very popular right now. Its quality speaks for itself making it easy for you to sell. And everyone expects jewellery made from the gemstone to be expensive, giving you an edge on price.

What Is Lapis Lazuli?
Lapis Lazuli is a gemstone straight out of fairy tales of the Arabian Nights: deepest blue with golden shining pyrite inclusions which twinkle like little stars.

Lapis is a rock composed of multiple minerals. Its colour comes from lazurite, a blue silicate mineral of the sodalite group.

Named after Lapis, the Latin word for stone, and the Arabian for blue. Thousands of years before Christ, Egyptian and Persian royalty wore lapis as a talisman to deter danger.

For many people lapis is a stone of truth and friendship. Bringing harmony to relationships and helping its wearer openly state their opinion. While aiding inner vision, wisdom, insight and judgment. It’s also said to be good for treating thyroid problems and reaching our inner selves. A powerful gemstone that should not be worn by those who lack strength of character.

In other cultures it was worshiped as a holy stone and thought to have magical power in oriental countries. Many believe the Biblical sapphire was actually lapis lazuli. Through the ages, lapis has been associated with power, wisdom, love, and a psychic stimulant.

In the art world it’s famous for the ultramarine blue paint used by the Grand Old Masters, like on portraits of the Virgin Mary. While other compositions have long since paled, lapis has lost nothing of its brilliance.

Lapis is mined in Afghanistan mountains, the best stones being deep blue with finely distributed golden crystals. The twinkling inclusions are not gold but pyrite, caused by iron. The blue colour comes from the sulfuric content of lazurite, and looks dull until polished.

Look After Lapis
Lapis is a soft stone that should be treated gently while polishing. Unpolished, the dark blue looks dull with golden inclusions and whitish veins from marble. However, a Lapis which has dulled after being worn too often is easily polished, and jewellery is often surface sealed with wax or resin.