Lapis Lazuli

Lapis lazuli  or lapis for short, is a deep blue semi-precious stone prized since antiquity for its intense color. Lapis lazuli was mined in the Sar-i Sang mines, in Shortugai and in other mines in the Badakhshan province in northeast Afghanistan as early as the 7th millennium BC. Lapis was highly valued by the Indus valley civilization…