These high quality 6mm round Afghanistan lapis beads are a consistent dark blue throughout the strand with a small amount of calcite and moderate flecks of pyrite. To the naked eye, they look almost solid blue. The shape and drilling are excellent. I took two pictures outside. The one with the straight hanging beads and green background was taken in shade, and the one with coiled beads was taken in sunlight.
With lapis, the fewer the inclusions, the higher the grade. The highest grade lapis has almost no calcite or pyrite. Lower grade lapis tends to have a green cast to it from the pyrite. The most desirable color is ultramarine blue.
Don't need a full strand? You can buy these by the bead.
- Bead Size: 6mm to 6.35mm
- Strand Length: 16" (68 Beads)
- Source: Afghanistan
- Treatments: Waxed