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The method of recognizing real Lapis Lazuli from Afghanistan

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Azure is a metamorphic stone with white and gold streaks that the more gold streaks it has, the more its value

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Azure is a metamorphic stone with white and gold streaks that the more gold streaks it has, the more its value
Azure is a metamorphic stone with white and gold streaks that the more gold streaks it has, the more its value

Azure is a metamorphic stone with white and Gold streaks that the more gold streaks it has, the more its value. Azure is one of the semi-precious stones. This stone is made of a combination of several minerals. The most important part of this rock is lazurite (25-40%); Lazurite contains sodium, aluminum, silica, oxygen, sulfur, and chlorine. 

In addition to lazurite, calcite (in the form of white streaks), sodalite, and pyrite (in the form of gold) are also among the constituents of azure; the fewer the white streaks of azure (calcite) and the more scattered the golden streaks (pyrite), the more valuable the azure will be. Also, the original azure blue the flame when it is on fire. 

This stone is well polished and is considered one of the metamorphic stones. These Gemstones are sometimes confused with azurite, which is a blue (carbonated) carbonate blue rock. Azure was abundant in the Median period and its mine was known near Damavand Mountain, but so far no trace of this mineral has been seen in the Damavand region. 

The original locality for Lapis lazuli is the Sar-e-Sang deposit in Afghanistan's remote Badakhshan district. In the Achaemenid period, azure was called "Kabutkeh". In the Sassanid period, azure was consumed a lot. The roof of Ctesiphon, as well as various sculptures, is made of azure; it is possible that they used azurite instead of azure in making these works. 

Of course, in Badakhshan, which was part of Iran at that time, azure is abundant; Badakhshan headstone mine located in Kokcha mountain valley of Afghanistan (at an altitude of 2700-2600 meters) is one of the most important, famous, and best azure mines in the world that has been exploited without interruption for at least 6500 years ago.

Jewelry like Lapis Lazuli is something that gives a sense of perfection to a woman because Lapis Lazuli is one of the most widely used stones that people are using in jewelry for several 100 years. It is not easy enough to differentiate between a fake lapis lazuli and a real lapis lazuli because the world is changing rapidly and people are becoming smarter enough to make the fake copies and trap their customers. The techniques used for making the fake copies of lapis lazuli are becoming truly exceptional with every passing day so it is not easy to tell whether the lapis lazuli that you are wearing is in actual real one or fake. So let’s go through a proper procedure by which you will be able to distinguish a real lapis lazuli with a fake one. This is one of the primary tests that you can make to check whether the lapis lazuli that you are using is real or fake. Make sure that the product you are buying is not cheap in price because lapis lazuli never ever comes in cheap price even an ordinary necklace of lapis lazuli is like above 40-50 dollars and even higher than that. So if you see any product of lapis lazuli which is quite reasonable in price then this is one of the first-ever indications that the product you are buying is not a real one. This is one of the widely used techniques that people are using for several years to make the fake copies of lapis lazuli. In order to check whether your lapis lazuli is dyed or not, all you need is acetone or alcohol. Now wipe your lapis lazuli with alcohol or acetone, at this stage of cleaning, if your stone leaves its original color then it is definitely a poor quality and fake product and if it does not change its color at the time of wiping, then that means it is an original and quality lapis lazuli. An indication of the fake lapis lazuli is that you will find it in a too much uniform blue color and it will obviously be cheaper in price. A real lapis lazuli is found in two types of colors, either it is in a pale blue color which is commonly found but still not in a cheaper price or it is found in a royal blue color which is rare. If you want to know that your lapis lazuli is real or not then this is one of the most important steps to check the quality and authenticity of your product. The original and quality lapis lazuli will surely have Golden flecks and Swirls of White Color as its beautiful pattern whereas the fake lapis lazuli is completely different from that of the real one due to the reason that it is greyish blue in color and the pattern of this fake lapis does not contain any golden flecks and white swirls on it. This test can be termed as the hardness test for assuring the quality of your Lapis Lazuli, so in order to validate your product, you must perform this test. An original lapis lazuli stone gets easily scratched by a knife or any other sharp object whereas a fake lapis lazuli stone does not get scratched by a knife or any other sharp object when applied on its surface. You can simply test the quality of your Lapis Lazuli by testing it with Acetone.  You can perform this test by simply rubbing acetone on your Lapis Lazuli stone. The color of an original lapis lazuli never fades away. While rubbing acetone on your stone, you will feel the changes in color, if the color of your stone fades away then that means it is a fake and copy of lapis lazuli stone whereas if it’s color does not fade away then that means this is an original lapis lazuli. With the help of the above-mentioned tips, you will be able to tell if the lapis lazuli that you are using is real or fake. Every user must consider these tips and techniques while they purchase a Lapis Lazuli product because you should never compromise on the quality.

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