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Seller: maclaire-hillier (232) 0%, Location: Bournemouth, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 130030230029 SquareTrade © AP6.0 AFGHANISTAN LAPIS LAZULI BUDDHA (CARVED BY A MASTER CARVER) (in Germany) 3 INCHES TALL X 5.5 INCHES WIDE X 3.5 INCHES DEEP Weight 2.1 lbs (0.95 KILOS) (33.5 ozs) (4,748 cts) LAPIS LAZULI ROUGH mined in Hindukush Mountains in Afghanistan more pictures below Please note: This is a totally natural carving and has had NO HEAT TREATMENT to change the colour. This Buddha has been hand carved from single solid piece of 100% natural colour lapis lazuli rough that was mined in the Hindukush mountains in Afghanistan. This is a very fine Laughing Buddha carving carved out of "Top Quality Lapis Lazuli from Afganistan". This Lapis Lazuli is totally natural and HAS NOT been treated in any way. The rough Lapis Lazuli came from Northern Afghanistan and has been carved in Germany. Please email me for shipping details. LAPIS LAZULI: Lapis Lazuli occurs in various shades of blue with some qualities being speckled with white calcite and some with yellow pyrite. Lapis Lazuli with deep azure blue color, often flecked with golden pyrite inclusions, was treasured by ancient Babylonian and Egyptian civilizations and often worn by royalty. Lapis lazuli was widely used by Egyptians for cosmetics and painting . Persian legend says that the heavens owed their blue color to a massive slab of Lapis upon which the earth rested. Lapis Lazuli was believed to be a sacred stone, buried with the dead to protect and guide them in the afterlife. The main supplies of Lapis Lazuli are found in the Afghanistan, Egypt, Canada, Chile, the US, and South America. The most important sources are the mines in Badakhshan, northeastern Afghanistan, and near Ovalle, Chile, where gemstone is usually pale rather than deep blue. Most of Lapis Lazuli seen today is enchanced by dyeing (staining), where a stone with white calcite inclusions is stained blue to improve the colour. Other enhancements commonly seen are waxing and resin impregnations, again to improve colour. The colour of stained lapis is unstable and will fade with time. For many people all over the world Lapis lazuli is considered a stone of truth and friendship. The blue stone is reputed to bring about harmony in relationships and to help ist wearer being an authentic individual who may openly state his or her opinion. Lapis lazuli is an opaque stone consisting mainly of Diopside and Lasurite. It was created millions of years ago in the course of metamorphosis process turning chalk into marble stone. When unpolished, Lapis lazuli seems dull and dark blue, often with golden inclusions and whitish veins from marble. Contrary to former theories, however, the small twinkling and shining inclusions which lend the stone the attractive appeal of a star-spangled sky, are not gold but Pyrite, i.e., they are caused by iron. The blue colour, on the other hand, is caused by the sulfuric contents of Lasurite, and may result in purest ultramarine to pale blue shades. In comparison to other gemstones, the hardness is not too high and amounts to something between 5 and 6 on the Mohs’ scale. Just like over 50,000 years ago, the best rough stones are still mined in the rough Hindukush Mountains of Afghanistan. Forcefully extracted from the rocks, the blue stone nodes are transported on donkeys from the rough mountain ranges in Northeast Afghanistan down to the valleys in the summer months. Other occurrences have been provided by Nature in Russia, west of Lake Baikal, and in the Andes in Chile, where the blue stones are often veined with white or grey chalk. Lapis lazuli is also found in smaller amounts in Italy, Mongolia, the USA and Canada, in Myanmar and in Pakistan. In really good qualities, however, it is rare everywhere. Lapis lazuli jewellery is therefore available in widely differing price ranges, from luxurious to affordable. The price demanded for the gemstone depends mainly on the stone’s beauty and intensity of colour. The most favoured colour is a deep and intensive blue. Be sure to add me to your favorites list! MACLAIRE-HILLIER EXQUISITE GIFTS TERMS AND CONDITIONS WE ACCEPT PAY PAL, PERSONAL CHEQUE, POSTAL ORDER, BANKERS DRAFT AND BANK WIRE TRANSFERS. (Personal cheques take 10 days to clear) ITEMS SOLD FOR ANY AMOUNT OVER £1,000 (one thousand pounds) MUST be paid for by BANK WIRE TRANSFER using IBAN and BIC. Payments must be in British Pounds Sterling (BPS). All bank fees have to be paid by the sender. Our bank account information will be sent to you by email. We will not use any escrow services, so please do not ask. 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To help us, you MUST make any special requests at the same time you make your payment, otherwise, we cannot guarantee your request will be fulfilled because it might not get to your order prior to packaging or shipment. Measurements are deemed reliable, but not guaranteed exact. We are not liable for any tax incurred, all shipments may be subject to tax by your local Customs. BID WITH CONFIDENCE WE ARE GENUINE AND WE CARE. A TRANSACTION IS ONLY COMPLETE WITH 100% SATISFACTION FOR YOU. WE ARE MEMBERS OF THE FEDERATION OF SMALL BUSINESSES. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE EMAIL US AT ANY TIME WE ARE 100% CUSTOMER FRIENDLY. Powered by eBay Turbo Lister On 22-Sep-06 at 17:46:35 BST, seller added the following information: ---- FTS AutoLogo V1.1 ---- Condition: Used

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