Post subject: Re: Lapis Lazuli - how to tell real from dyed?
Posted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 12:22 pm
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I'm in Afghanistan; I see a lot of Lapis. I use alcohol wipes...works every time. A lot of pyrite is indicative of a high percentage of pyrite. High quality Lapis is stark blue with as little pyrite as possible and as little calcite as possible. As in any other material, it's up to the purchaser, or recipient. Some lapis cabachons look great with characteristic pyrite groupings; or patterns. The best blue is about the same color as the topic text...
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