Who doesn’t like deep blue Lapis? Well this is one of those cabochon I will be honest and tell you about what I learned while cutting lapis early on in my cutting adventures. The deep blue color of lapis most often happens in seams. These seams are separate by a calcite mixture. This cabochon had good blue on both sides of the slab I cut from it. But when I went to dome the top, I killed the blue seam and exposed the calcite mixture. SO the flat back has great color, but the rounded top does not.
Visit my Sold cabochon Gallery to see past opals I have cut. You will find other examples of materials, shapes, sizes, colors, and in general see my work there. Some stones date back over 15 years in there. I don’t show everything I cut, just the ones I really liked over the years. Please let me know if you have any questions about those materials.
Its also important to visit your local rockclub if you have one near by. Its a great place to start if you are new to gems and minerals. Thank you.