Lapis lazuli is a semi-precious deep blue coloured stone, sometimes with gold inclusions, that has been used for thousands of years for jewellery, decorative items and decoration. It is mined in Afghanistan, Siberia, Chile, USA and Burma. The mines in north-eastern Afghanistan are the largest source of lapis lazuli, and have been operating for over 6,000 years. They were the source of the stone for the ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman civilsations.
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Chinese carved pale green jade snuff bottle, of double gourd shape, carved with scrolling leaves and insects, together with a carved amethyst snuff bottle, with lapis lazuli lid, lid (A/F) (2), height 9 cm, 8 cm
An unusual lapis lazuli double snuff bottle, late Qing Dynasty, late 19th to early 20th century, Utilising the natural inflections of the blue mottled stone the conjoined panelled bottles each with turquoise agate stoppers and brass mounts. Height 8 cm. Wi
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