Lapis introduction -

A gift of mother earth, dark blue colored stone with golden flakes is perfect definition of Lapis. This is a Latin word which stands for “blue stone”. Use of this stone in jewelry, decoration, art and healing is not new; Egyptians artist used it in their art on walls long time ago. Turquoise is meant to be a best combination with this stone in jewelry.

Since starting time Afghanistan has been a big source for this stone, the oldest mines are located in the west Hindu-Kush Mountains in Afghanistan. India, Italy, Burma, Pakistan, Canada, America and few countries has been other sources for raw material of lapis lazuli but still quality of rough from Afghanistan is the most fabulous and famous. “The Owl” approx 1 kg piece of rough in top color of lapis is very famous.

Demand of lapis has been consistent for many years and a lot of material is available in different mines but top quality Afghani mines material is high in demand and availability is low so prices are hiking 3-4 times for that. Lapis regular beads comes with white calcite and golden pyrite (low grade) and beads from Afghanistan comes in top quality which is highly in demand.

How miners risk their life to take out the lapis rough material?

To get every finest thing in the world is most difficult. In the same way mining of top notch material from Afghanistan is difficult. Ways to those mines are narrow, uneven and hot, miners use dynamite to disconcert the rough from the cave and this is risk quite risky for life and sometimes also damages the rough material. Nili, Sabzi and Asmani are classifications for material which is found in Afghani lapis mines.

Why you should us choose as your supplier of lapis cabochons, beads and other cuttings
Here, at Navneet Gems and Minerals, you can buy Lapis Lazuli at wholesale prices. We are one of the biggest suppliers of Lapis Lazuli. This gemstone is mainly mined in Afghanistan, Egypt, Rome, Russia, Siberia, Angola, Argentina, Burma, Pakistan, Canada, India, USA, etc. We import it directly from the source and finish it in our own manufacturing units in India and Thailand. Contact us at info@navneetgems.com if you are looking for a supplier of Lapis Lazuli at wholesale prices and let us know about your requirement. We will reply you back within 12 hrs.

If you buy Lapis Lazuli from us, then you can save 30-50% of your money because we sell them at the lowest price in the market. Navneet Gems and Minerals is one of the biggest manufacturers and suppliers of Lapis Lazuli. Lapis Lazuli is an attractive blue color gemstone which is generally used in making of jewelry, carvings, boxes, mosaics, ornaments and vases. This gemstone is available in ready stock in almost every shape. We also offer our customers to customize their own desired shapes. Our expert craftsmen will manufacture your desired design.

How to judge the best quality lapis gemstones

 If we talk in depth about chemical composition of this ancient gem, it is a combination of calcite, lazurite and pyrite minerals and small amount of diopside, feldspar and mica.  Amount of calcite, pyrite and other minerals always remain different in different pieces of rough and that percentage decides the quality, for example if any piece of rough has more white calcite and color is pale then it will be low quality one. Complete blue with slight violet tone with no white calcite is said to be the best color of this gem. Sometimes buyer get confuse about visibility of golden pyrites or flecks, is it good or not? Well if golden pyrite comes with white calcite then it diminishes the beauty of gemstone and price for this quality will be lower. In case golden pyrite comes with royal violetish blue color (Top quality) then it increases the value of the stone.

 

lapis beads, cabochons quality
Please check the beads picture about, we detailed different qualities of lapis gemstone in that.

Source all types of lapis cabochons, faceted and rose cut stones straight from manufacturing – Cabochons, beads and decorative items are regularly used all around the world, it is very low priced stone so mainly used in sliver jewelries. Small size like 1.5mm, 2mm and 3mm with turquoise (sleeping beauty) is widely used in different designs.

Astrology and beliefs
There are different myths behind the stone, some people use is for healing and some say it is a placebo effect so astrology behind this stone is controversial. It is one the best stone to keep evil spirits and negativity away from you for whom who believe in astrology. Sapphire and Lapis both blue stones are ‘birthstones for September’. When you will read history of lapis then you will get to know that Egyptians used it into powder to use in cosmetics. Renaissance painters used it to make “ultramarine” blue (Expensive pigment). Over 3,500 years ago, mining of lapis was under control of emperors and everyone needed their permissions before mining. Long time ago many ancient civilization of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Afghanistan, Greece and Rome , valued this stone like sapphire.

Jewelry, gemstones market and demand of loose lapis stones
People from different nations are using lapis in big sizes rings (Cocktail rings), brooch, bracelets, big necklace and many decorative item and selling all around world. Low prices, good hardness and elegant appearance and color makes this stone high demand gem. China, the United States, Europe, Middle East and some other countries are the big markets of Lapis cabochons and faceted stones.

Contact us for Lapis Cabcohons, beads and faceted stones
Lapis lazuli free size cabochons are very popular and used in different kinds of jewelry. We are producing 15 to 25 kgs every fifteen days for our customers. As informed above, top quality rough of lapis comes from Afghanistan. Lapis lazuli cut in different shapes and sizes in cabochon cutting, faceted cutting is hardly done on lapis. Big size lapis gemstone used in rings, bracelets and necklaces. It is not only limited to jewelry but also used in carvings, vases and other fancy items. Simply send us inquiry on our mail mentioned on contact us page or send by inquiry form and we will reply you back within few hours.

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