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Majestic Deep Blue Lapis Lazuli Flake Chip Beads - Long String

Product Code: nor673

Availability:In stock

Price is per 33-inch string of these beautiful beads. All different sizes, largest chip is about 10mm x 6mm x 3mm - many beads in string.

Through the ages, lapis has been associated with power, wisdom, love, and a stimulant for psychic ability. And in the art world its 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 still mined in the remote mountains of Afghanistan, the best stones being deep and intensive 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. 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.