Natural Lapis Lazuli Cabochon Lot # 2
Natural Lapis Lazuli Cabochon Lot # 2
Natural Lapis Lazuli Cabochon Lot # 2
Natural Lapis Lazuli Cabochon Lot # 2

Natural Lapis Lazuli Cabochon Lot # 2

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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 was highly valued by the Indus Valley Civilisation (3300–1900 BC). Lapis beads have been found at Neolithic burials in Mehrgarh, the Caucasus, and even as far from Afghanistan as MauritaniaIt was used in the funeral mask of Tutankhamun (1341–1323 BC).