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Lapis Lazuli

          Blue Lapis Gemstones          


One of the oldest gems to be known to man, Lapis Lazuli was found by archaeologists in various excavations along the Mediterranean region. Egypt, Persia and Greece were probably the first few lands to be introduced to lapis gemstones. Numerous signets, scarabs and other carvings have been found in and around these lands. The deep blue color of lapis lazuli gems prompted early men to call it 'ultramarine', which basically meant 'beyond the oceans' or rather, deeper than the color of the oceans.

The interesting thing about the name lapis lazuli is that it combines, words from Latin and Arabic. The word Lapis means 'stone' in Latin, and the word 'Azula' which is borrowed from Arabic means 'blue'. In the days before synthetic paints were developed, blue lapis stones were ground to a fine powder and used to make paints. Some of the ancient paintings today preserved in museums are proof of this. The colors of these blue lapis paintings are still bright and lively after many decades. Restoration of some of these pieces of art are even today done with special paints made from blue lapis powder.

If you observe blue lapis gems, there are some very interesting features. The blue color of the gem is brought about by the presence of blue lazurite. You can often see whitish patches or streaks in the gem, these are calcite. You will also notice some fine golden specks on the stone, these were until recently believed to be gold. It is now known that they are infact pyrite and not gold. Some gem lovers compare the flashing pyrite specks to stars on a deep blue sky! You might come up with an interesting observation after seeing a few blue lapis gems, these stones are quite often a deep uniform blue color and show no specks or white patches. Infact many jewelry buyers insist on getting a blue lapis gem stone with a dark blue color, nothing else visible on the stone. This might be possible if you are talking about a small blue lapis gem like a 4mm to 6mm gem. Unfortunately most blue lapis gemstone jewels use gems that are 10mm or larger. If you find a uniform color for such a blue lapis, it is has either been dyed to obtain that color or is a fake.

You can ofcourse get blue lapis stones that have few specks or very little white portions, but an absolutely clean and uniform blue is very unlikely. You might want to avoid blue lapis gemstones that have large patches of white, such high presence of calcite detracts from the beauty of the lapiz lazuli gem. There is a color variation of the blue lapis gemstone that is called 'denim lapis'. This is interesting especially after we mentioned that, a high presence of calcite in lapis lazuli reduces the beauty of the gem. In this case, the calcite is more or less uniformly distributed through the lapis. Rather than appear as white streaks or patches, the calcite reduces the saturation or depth of the blue color. Gem manufacturers based their marketing campaign on the fact that, such blue lapis lazuli comes near to the color of blue denim! Chile is one country where the toned down color of blue lapis is often found, denim lapis has today almost become a brand on it's own.

Since lapis is an opaque gemstone, it is cut in smooth cabachon form or simple step cut. Faceting a blue lapis gem cannot do much as far as light reflection is concerned, it might just enhance the externall appearance of the gem. While on the issue of cutting blue lapis gemstones, we could talk about why many gem cutters close their nose when cutting lapis lazuli rough! The heat created by the cutting wheel, reacts with the small sulphur content present in the lapis and this can give out a pungent stench. The smell ofcourse does not remain beyond the cutting stage, you will therefore not be treated to that when you wear your lapis jewel.

Though lapiz lazuli gems are opaque, it is not advisable to cut them very thin. This might save you on stone weight but, it will also make the stone prone to cracking or chipping. So make sure that the normal proportions to which stones are cut is maintained for lapis stones too. At the same time, do not get a stone that will bulge too much out of the gold or silver mount. A high profile gem (with reference to dimensions) is more likely to get scratched, chipped or broken by physical impact. You will therefore need to strike a balance between too thin and too thick, your jeweler can hopefully assist you in making the right decision.

Talking about the hardness and durability of blue lapis lazuli gems, the stone measures 5 to 6 on the Mohs scale. This is about average and it means that, you should not wear your lapis jewelry throughout the day and night. The gem is also quite porous and should therefore not be soaked in water or other solvents. Gem treatments have been developed to increase the toughness of lapis lazuli gemstones. We will discuss them in the subsequent paragraph.

When it comes to treatments used for blue lapis lazuli gem stones, it is important to understand the importance and objective of these treatments too. Since lapis lazuli has slight porosity in it's natural form, a waxing process is applied after the final cut and polish is complete. This treatment helps 'seal' the pores and thereby increases the durability of the stone. While this is an acceptable form of treating blue lapis lazuli gems, the wax used should ideally be colorless. Using colored waxes to enhance the color of the gem is not considered to be a normal form of treatment. We mentioned earlier that blue lapis is sometimes dyed to give it a uniform blue color. This eliminates the visibility of the white calcite portions and can even cover the small golden specks of pyrite. If you insist on getting a blue lapis gem with a very even and uniform color spread, a dyed lapis is what you will most likely end up with.

Caring for blue lapis gems or jewelry with blue lapis stones, is quite easy once you understand the properties of the stone mentioned in this report. While it is not advisable for any jewel or gem to be impacted with force, the modest 5 to 6 hardness of lapiz lazuli gem stones require that you be a bit more careful. The porosity of blue lapis gems and subsequent wax coating (done often) means that, you should not let a blue lapis stone soak in water or other solvents. The gem does not like heat sources and should not be left out in the sun for long hours. Do not use steam or ultrasonic cleaners to clean your blue lapis lazuli gemstones. If you need to clean a lapis lazuli gem stone jewel, use some cool water a very mild soap and a soft brush to do the job. Make sure that the jewel does not hit against the water tap or wash basin.

 

 

Who Is Kaisilver?

Having established itself as the world's leading online custom jewelry provider, Kaisilver now extends it's merchandise line to include gems. While there is no shortage of gem stones in the global market, reliable sources for the retail buyer requirements are not many. Most retail gem dealers work with limited inventories, this reduces buyer options. Another problem with these small dealers is the lack of information and reliability when it comes to gem authenticity and value for money. Kaisilver with it's wide network of gemstone mining and manufacturing resources, is the best source for gems of all types, shapes, sizes and cuts. With a support team that is compromised of jewelry and gemstone experts, the advice and suggestions made by the team relate to your requirements and not to fixed sales targets. The website shows a small sampling of the gems that we offer. You can infact request for just about any gem on the globe. All gems are sourced directly from the source, closely inspected and then custom cut by our expert cutters. With a buyer base that includes fashion models, government officials, casino and resort owners, lawyers, financial experts, students and professors, doctors and surgeons, sportsmen and newsreaders we have become the preferred choice for quality gems and jewelry. By cutting out middlemen commissions and multiple agents, we provide great value for your money. Our large online operation does not stop us from welcoming even the smallest order. Gold and silver jewelry is custom made with equal attention to quality, material and craftsmanship. You can choose from our designs or send us detailed for the style and design that you need.

 

How To Order?

The process to order gems and custom jewelry at Kaisilver is similar. We do not expect you to make a rush purchase. We do wish that you take the time to discuss your requirements with our experts. They will be in a position to provide constructive suggestions that will guide you to make well informed buying decisions. Email all your requirements to sales@kaisilver.com provide as much inputs as possible to help us make relevant suggestions. For example if you are keen on getting a green gemstone but, are not particular about it being an emerald mention this in your email. Our gem experts might suggest a green tourmaline or even a peridot instead of an emerald. This suggestion would reduce our profit margins but will give you a gem that, is much cheaper and even more durable as compared to an emerald. When it comes to payments we offer some very suitable options. Paypal is the preferred form of payment, it is fair to the buyer and seller. The buyer when using paypal never needs to reveal credit card of bank information to the seller. We also accept direct bank transfers but prefer to do this on a case by case basis. When it comes to online transactions these days, both buyer and seller are afraid of frauds. It is quite possible that you do not feel comfortable working with us at Kaisilver. We sometimes feel a little uncomfortable with certain transactions too and prefer to keep away from them. There have always been fears of processing payments through Western Union money transfers. With the latest fraud reports, fake sellers and even fake buyers have been pulling off many online frauds using this mode of payment. At the same time we do understand that armed forces from the U.S who are stationed in various global positions sometimes have no other mode of payment besides Western Union. We therefore accept this mode of payment but at the same time, request you to avoid this mode if you do not feel comfortable using it. Shipping is done through FEDEX and you can expect a production lead time of around 4 to 5 weeks from the date of order confirmation and receipt of payment. Every jewel is fully custom made and requires the complete attention and concentration of highly skilled craftsmen. When it comes to gems, we could provide faster lead times and this can be discussed for each specific order.

Buyer Testimonials.

Below are a few comments from some of our buyers. As mentioned above we have a very serious interest in buyer satisfaction since our very existence depends solely depends on satisfied buyers. A high degree of repeat orders and a large number of orders being received through buyer recommendations has been at the heart of our success. Kaisilver buyers include people from all professions and walks of life. Fashion models, sportsmen, politicians, lawyers, financial experts, doctors and surgeons, members of the armed forces, newsreaders and journalists, students, casino and resort owners make up most of our buyer list.

.......received ring yesterday as you promised. it is stunning, more beautiful than i expected. the design and craftsmanship are outstanding. thank you again, it has been a pleasure doing business with you. i will highly recommend you to everyone i know, and look forward to doing business with you in the future. your entire staff has been professional and you displayed a high degree of honesty and integrity throughout the transaction. thank your staff and your craftsman for their incredible work. please feel free to use me as a reference as a EXTREMELY satisfied customer. take care, i wish you all well. Lt. Colonel James William Brady USA, Ret. Beverly Hills, Florida
Thank you very much for all your information and help with the production and safe delivery of the ring. It is indeed more than I had hoped forand I'm sure will be a winner with my wife. It is a shame that other firms can not be as helpful, you are all to be congratulated - Thank you again. Mr.Peter Keeble, U.K.

The ring arrived and it is beautiful. Thank you for such a wonderful job. I will be looking at your website over the next couple of weeks to place an additional order. Your workmanship and pricing is excellent.
Thanks again,
Dr. David Williams, U.S

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