Lapis Photos               
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Roger Weller, geology instructor               


last edited:  11/28/17    number of photos:  33
Lapis is the mineral, lapis lazuli,
hardness: 5 to 6
lapis lazuli as a mineral

lapis cabochons:  A  B

lapis in jewelry

lapis rings:  A  B

lapis beads:  A
lapis necklace: 
giant lapis table, Russia:  A*

lapis, uncut
rough lapis, dry:  A
rough lapis, wet: 
A B C*

lapis, tumbled:  A  B  C
lapis, polished specimens from Afghanistan: 
A  B  C  D  E  F 
G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R
lapis from Chile: 

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information on lapis
     The full correct name for lapis is lapis lazuli. It is a metamorphic material that is
created when an impure limestone is baked by contact with a granite intrusion. Surprisingly,
lapis is a combination of four minerals: hauynite, sodalite, noselite, and lazurite with minor
inclusions of pyrite (yellow metallic specks) and calcite (white). The most desirable lapis has
a dark, rich blue color with minimal pyrite.  Most lapis comes from the Badakshan district in
northeastern Afghanistan.