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Lapis Bead Round 1mm Matte Finish

$12.95 $8.95/each

SKU: 836001

These beautiful and difficult to shape round, lapis lazuli beads are stunning in a 1mm round matte finish. Sold by the strand with each strand approximately 15-inches in length. These are perfect for use in a multi-strand necklace or anywhere a smaller and more delicate look is desired.

(Pictured is a 39-strand draped hank.)

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Description

The name lapis means stone. Lazuli is derived from the Persian lazhward, meaning blue. This is also the root of our word, azure.

Lapis lazuli is one of the oldest of all gems, with a history stretching back some 7000 years or more. This mineral is important not just as a gem, but also as a pigment, for ultramarine is produced from crushed lapis lazuli. (This is why old paintings used ultramarine for their blue pigments and never fade.)

Lapis is between 5 and 6 on the Mohs scale, depending on its composition. With care, lapis jewelry and carvings can delight their owners for generations. Its toughness is considered Fair.

FACTS

  • Mineral: Rock
  • Chemical composition: An aggregate
  • Color: Greenish blue to violetish blue
  • Refractive index: 1.500, sometimes 1.670
  • Birefringence: None
  • Specific gravity: 2.75 (+/- 0.25)

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