Spectacular Lapis lazuli contemporary styled ring with a square cabochon. Ring features a wide animal print silver band. Workmanship throughout is amazing. This beautiful example of Lapis Lazuli comes from Afghanistan.
Lapis lazuli is a metamorphic rock, deep blue to purple mottled with calcite, sodalite and pyrite. Lapis lazuli usually occurs in crystalline marble and the most important component is lazurite.
Prized for intense color since thousands of years BC, by the end of the middle ages lapis lazuli was used to make Ultramarine, the most refined and expensive of all blue tones.
Afghanistan, was the source of lapis lazuli (Afghanistan's blue treasure) for the Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations, as well as Greeks and Romans.