What's the difference between real lapis and synthetic lapis lazuli?

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  • Synthetic versions are often more opaque than natural lapis, typically appearing to have a grey or dull overcast. High quality lapis lazuli should have an ultramarine color that often appears to have depth. Additionally, true lapis will contain iron pyrites that resemble gold dust within the stone.

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An original lapis lazuli stone gets easily scratched by a knife or any other sharp object whereas a fake lapis lazuli stone does not get scratched by a knife or any other sharp object when applied on its surface.

Lapis lazuli (UK: / ˌ l æ p ɪ s ˈ l æ z (j) ʊ l i, ˈ l æ ʒ ʊ-,-ˌ l aɪ /; US: / ˈ l æ z (j) ə l i, ˈ l æ ʒ ə-,-ˌ l aɪ /), 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 BCE, lapis lazuli was mined in the Sar-i Sang mines, in Shortugai, and in other ...

It can be distinguished by its higher R. I. (1.69) and S.G. (3.23) Since lapis-lazuli is an opaque material in gem sizes, polariscope tests are obviously of no value. If acid tests are made, only a very small drop should be applied to the stack of a stone, in order to avoid damage. Afterward, it should be washed thoroughly.

Variously described as indigo, royal, midnight, or marine blue, lapis lazuli’s signature hue is slightly greenish blue to violetish blue, medium to dark in tone, and highly saturated. In its most-prized form, lapis lazuli has no visible calcite, although it might contain gold-colored pyrite flecks.

Synthetic lapis can, at times, be almost indistinguishable from the real thing. Sometimes they are lapis, just dyed to hide calcite veins and sell for a better price. It is very difficult to tell the genuine lapis lazuli without tests.

Compared with the synthetic pigment, lapis lazuli is a more muted colour, and it is weaker in coverage and tinting strength. Synthetic, or ‘French’, Ultramarine Blue pigment Ultramarine’s Mixing Qualities

Lapis lazuli value is determined almost exclusively by color. A deep, intense, blue with violet tones would be at the apex. Fine grained, uniform specimens can attain a smooth, highly polished surface not seen in lower grades. Lapis Lazuli, Afghanistan (solid blue), Chile (mottled), cabochons 5 to 25 carats.

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Lapis Lazuli is a stone of protection. It can recognize a psychic attack and works to negate the effects of any negative or harmful energies coming your way. It is also a stone of serenity and peace, calming tempers, releasing stress, and bringing the mind and body together in harmony.

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