Take a look at the adjacent image of a mens lapis ring. Observe the lapis gem and you will see that it is not fully blue, slight patches of white and some specks can be seen on the surface of the gem. So is this a 'good' quality lapis gemstone? Lapis ring buyers are always faced with this situation, they expect dark blue lapis stones that are uniformly blue all over. They wish that the stone would not have any specks or even, the slightest sign of the whitish patches or streaks. These expectations are not but they do reflect a lack of understanding regarding lapis lazuli gems. Gem and jewelry providers fail to explain the facts to the buyer, instead they find the easier way out and just dye the entire gem. You will then obviously see a dark blue lapis with no specks, streaks or patches. Everyone is happy and the story ends there but, would it not be better to understand the gem in a lapis ring. We will try to be as non-technical as possible and explain the real facts to you.
Lapis lazuli is a basically a blue gem, it is composed of more than one mineral or stone. Lazurite, calcite and pyrite are present in lapis lazuli gems. Lapis from some mining locations might show very little or no signs of calcite at all but, lazurite and pyrite are always present in lapis. Now take another look at the lapis gemstone ring shown above, focus on the gemstone and read on. The overall blue color of lapis in the gem is due to the presence of lazurite, there would be no lapis without the presence of lazurite. What is more interesting is the specks that you see on the stone in the lapis ring. These are actually metallic spots and are caused by the presence of pyrite in the lapis stone. Not so long ago, it was presumed that the metallic spots were infact real gold! That has been checked and verified now and you can rest assured that there is no gold content in lapis lazuli. You might have guessed that the white streaks or patches are made up of calcite.
There is nothing wrong in choosing a dyed lapis for your lapis gemstone ring. However not understanding the reasons for the various inclusions in lapis should not, be the cause of selecting a dyed lapis lazuli stone. At the same time, you can choose a lapis lazuli stone that does not have an too many pyrite or calcite inclusions. This should be true at least on the face of the stone, since lapis is an opaque gem the back side of the stone will not be visible through the top of the gem. In the gemstone world where an increasing number of gems are being treated to enhance appearance, wearing a lapis ring with a natural gem that has not been treated should be a true thrill and excitement.
Since this report is dedicated to lapis color, we will add another piece of information here. Lapis ring queries received by our team often ask about 'denim lapis'. Buyers want to know whether denim lapis is really lapis, they also wish to know if the lapis needs to be treated to get the 'denim' color. As you might have guessed, the word denim is used to show the resemblence of the stone (color) to denim cloth. It is generally the younger generation of girls and guys who opt for lapis rings with denim lapis stones. This stone is natural lapis but, has some natural characteristics that causes the color. We mentioned above that the white streaks or patches seen in lapis lazuli, are caused by the presence of calcite in the stone. At times, the calcite content in the stone is high, in such cases it is almost evenly spready throughout the stone. When this happens, the saturation of the blue color in the stone is lowered. A fashion expert might say that, the blue color of lapis is then 'diluted' with the white of the calcite. This is what gives the stone a denim cloth color - it is then called denim lapis. In reality, different mines that output lapis have slight variations in the composition of lapis. Experienced miners actually know what color shade of lapis will be got from different mine locations.
We do hope that the above report on lapis color for your lapis ring would be useful to you. We are not trying to push a sales pitch here, the information will be relevant no matter where you buy your lapis lazuli gemstone ring from. If the MAN66 ring shown above interests you, click the image and get to the detailed page on our website. Our support team at email@example.com will be glad to answer any gem or jewelry related queries that you might have.
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