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Lapis Lazuli

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Name:A.Boetus de Boodt, 1636, Gemm. Lapid. Hist. page 273. It is said to be derived from the Latin 'Lapis' and the persian 'Lazhward', meaning Blue.

The name should be pronounced 'Lap-is Laz-u-lee'
A Mixture Of:Calcite, Lazurite, Pyrite


A rock type, containing primarily Lazurite, Calcite and Pyrite. Mined and carved as a decorative stone, this rock has a distinctive blue colour (due to the Lazurite), and this name is often mistakenly given for the mineral Lazurite itself.
Lapis Lazuli was originally described from Lapis-lazuli Mine, Sar-e-Sang, Badakhshan (Badakshan; Badahsan) Province, Afghanistan.

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Classification of Lapis Lazuli

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Chilean LapisDenim Lapis

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Health Warning:No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for Lapis Lazuli

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Hogarth, D.D. and Griffin, W.L. (1978) Lapis lazuli from Baffin Island - a Precambrian meta-evaporite. Lithos: 11: 37-60.

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  • Localities for Lapis Lazuli

    The map shows a selection of localities that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.
    (TL) indicates type locality. ? indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. All other localities listed without reference should be considered as uncertain and unproven until references can be found.
    Afghanistan
     
    • Badakhshan Province (Badakshan Province; Badahsan Province)
      • Jurm District
        • Koksha Valley (Kokscha Valley; Kokcha Valley)
          • Jurm (Firghamu; Firgamu)
    Orris, G.J., and Bliss, J.D. (2002): Mines and Mineral Occurrences of Afghanistan. United States Geological Survey Open-File Report 02-110
      • Khash & Kuran Wa Munjan Districts
        • Koksha Valley (Kokscha Valley; Kokcha Valley)
          • Sar-e Sang (Sar Sang; Sary Sang)
    Van King
      • Zebak District
        • Sanglich
    Orris, G.J., and Bliss, J.D. (2002): Mines and Mineral Occurrences of Afghanistan. United States Geological Survey Open-File Report 02-110
    Burma (Myanmar)
     
    • Mandalay Division
      • Pyin-Oo-Lwin District
        • Mogok Township
          • Bernardmyo
    Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok
    Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok
          • Chaung-gyi
    Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok
    Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok
    Ted Themelis (2008) Gems and Mines of Mogok
    Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok
    Ted Themelis (2008) Gems and Mines of Mogok
          • Kyatpyin North
    Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok
          • Kyauk-Pyat-That
    Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok
          • Marble Ark
    Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok
          • Mogok Valley
            • Dattaw Hill
              • Dattaw-mid
    Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok
    Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok
    No reference listed
    Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok
    Canada
     
    • Nunavut Territory
      • Baffin Island
    Rocks & Minerals: 58: 12; Lithos: 11: 37-60.; D.D. Hogarth, W.L. Griffin, Lapis lazuli from Baffin island — a precambrian meta-evaporite, Lithos, Volume 11, Issue 1, 15 January 1978, Pages 37-60; D. D. Hogarth (1971) Lapis Lazuli near Lake Harbour, Southern Baffin Island, Canada. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 8:1210-1217.
    Chile
     
    • Coquimbo Region
      • LimarĂ­ Province
        • Ovalle
    Michael O'Donoghue (2006) Gems: Their Sources, Descriptions and Identification. 6th ed. Elsevier
    Italy
     
    • Latium
      • Rome Province
        • Alban Hills
    De Michele, V. (1974). Guida mineralogica d'Italia. Istituto Geografico De Agostini, Novara, 2 vol
    Russia
     
    • Eastern-Siberian Region
      • Prebaikalia (Pribaikal'e)
        • Irkutskaya Oblast'
    Tajikistan
     
    • Viloyati Mukhtori Gorno-Badakhshan (Viloyati Badakhshoni Kuni)
    Gerard van der Veld
    USA
     
    • California
    AmMin 23:111
        • San Gabriel Mts
          • San Antonio Canyon
    Eaton, A. L. 1946. Pomona club collects at mineralized Cascade Canyon. The Desert Magazine, Volume 9 Number 10, August. Desert Press, Inc. El Centro, California, p. 31, 40pp.
    Sterrett, D. B. 1911. Gems and precious stones. Mineral Resources of the United States for 1910, part 2; Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey: p. 872
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