The coveted lapis lazuli stone. Photographed during recent museum visits. More.
The highest quality Lapis Lazuli is found at one set of mines located in the Sar-i-sang (Place of the Stone), a remote valley region in northeast Afghanistan (formerly Persia).
Marco Polo explored the area in the 13th Century and wrote "there is a mountain in that region where the finest azure (lapis lazuli) in the world is found. It appears in veins like silver streaks’".
Lower grades of the stone can be purchased "for less than $1 per carat", however a superfine quality stone "may reach $100–150/ct. or more at retail" according to an online source.
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