- Gems, 18.85 ct, 22.13 mm x 12.07 mm
- Start Time: 06/04/2009 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
- End Time: 06/11/2009 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
- Auction Closed
The source of the world's finest Lapis Lazuli in the world comes from one of the oldest mines in the world. The mine at Sar-E-Sang has been operation for approximately 7000 years, and has produced thousands of tons of Lapis over the years. Lapis itself is actually a rock which is composed of a few species i.e., Lazurite, Hauyne and Sodalite, plus streaks of Calcite and Pyrite. The most highly sought after Lapis is the material that shows a soild navy blue color without any streaks of white Calcite and only tiny specs of Pyrite showing. This stone is a very good "Oval Cabochon" cut Lapis gem. It is a rich navy blue color intermixed with small black streaks but the fact that it is so uniform in color makes it very desirable and rather valuable for the material.