We’ve been away for 6 weeks and we’re all excited to be back at the office! Take a seat as we recap about our quarantine experience and explore the ancient world of Lapis Lazuli. Being one of the oldest gemstones mined, it has an extensive involvement with history and folklore that will lure you in.
00:00:00 Has it really been 6 weeks?
00:29:00 The COVID experience
08:53:00 Ok, we’ve got a gemstone for you—Lapis Lazuli
09:30:00 How long has it been around?
10:12:00 It is a rock!
11:27:00 Its gorgeous blue color
12:53:00 Translucency/ luster/ hardness
13:14:00 What it has been used for
13:23:00 Trade grades and mining locations
15:34:00 How long it takes to mine
17:14:00 A prized procession during ancient time
17:49:00 Citation and translation
18:30:00 Marco Polo
18:56:00 A LOT of history and lore associated with Lapis
19:01:00 Highly favored by the Egyptians
20:24:00 King Solomon
24:45:00 Using semi-precious stones for religious purposes = Egyptian's “Book of the Dead”
28:02:00 Ancient Rome
28:49:50 What it is like in the market today and things to be mindful about when purchasing
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