Beautifully polished lapis lazuli mineral specimen from Afghanistan. This semi-precious stone has been prized since antiquity due to its intense, beautiful blue coloring and golden speckles. It was also used in the fine arts, in a crushed powder form, as a component of artist's pigments and, as such, was the most expensive pigment during the Renaissance period. Unique piece of lapis lazuli with stunning grey stripes. Lapis Lazuli Specimen. Measures 6" x 4.75" x 1.75". Unique piece of lapis lazuli with stunning grey stripes.