Differentiating A Lapis Lazuli Stone From A Fake One

August 29, 2017

Differentiating Lapis Lazuli From A Fake One

Differentiating A Lapis Lazuli Stone From A Fake One

Beauty has always been envied - especially rare beauties like the Lapis Lazuli stone. An exquisite ultra blue rock that has been around for thousands of years. For much of it’s existence, the Lapis stone has been known to give off an aura of wisdom and been linked with psychic energies.

For over 6000 years, the Sare -e- Sang mines located in the Badakhshan province of Afghanistan have remained the only sour\ce for the highest quality of Lapis stone. Even though, other sources have been discovered over the years but the quality of the stones produced out of these locations are no match to the one’s coming from Afghanistan.

The inaccessible terrain, barren mountains, and out of reach from modern day tools, these mines have been producing the same quality Lapis stone for decades.

So far no other stones produced anywhere on planet earth has been able to match the quality of these Lapis stones. And therefore it’s no surprise to see many imitation stones being circulated in various markets around the world.

The highest quality Lapis stone is so rare that it has probably become one of the most commonly faked gemstones around the world.

These imitation stones come in different quality and appearances and with the use of modern technology being, it has become very hard to spot a fake Lapis Lazuli stone from a real one. The most common imitation being done these days is the painting of lesser quality Lapis to make it look like a higher quality one and then being traded for a higher price.

I get it. It’s scary to not know whether you’re paying so much money for a real stone or not. But you don’t have to worry, we have put together this guide for you that will help you spot a fake Lapis stone from a real one and you can certainly benefit from it.


Test # 1

The Test Of Touch

One of the easiest ways to spot a fake imitated Lapis stone is to hold it in your hand. If you’re holding an imitation stone in your hand, it will lose it’s cold sensation after some time. On the other hand, the real Lapis stone is immune to time of contact. No matter, how long you hold it in your hand, it will always bear a cold sensation.

Test Of Touch
Aceton Test

Test # 2

Acetone Test

Another test that can help you distinguish between a real Lapis stone and a fake one is the acetone test. If you rub acetone against an original Lapis stone, it’s color won’t fade away. On the other hand, an imitated Lapis Lazuli will tend to lose it’s color.

Test # 3

Hardness Test

The third test that you can perform to check the validity of your Lapis Lazuli stone is the hardness test. An original Lapis Lazuli stone will be able to withstand a glass scratch test. However, keep in mind, a genuine Lapis stone will in fact get scratched by a knife.

Harness Test
No Golden Flecks and White Swirls

Test # 4

No Golden Flecks and White Swirls

It’s a known fact that an original Lapis will have a distinguishing pattern on it. It’s majestic appearance is not complete without the golden flecks and white swirls which as caused by the mineral combination of Lapis Lazuli. On the other hand, another stone Sodalite which is often sold as a Lapis will have a greyish blue color but will have no flecks and swirls.

Where to Get Original Lapis?

Our advice to you is to purchase Lapis only from a trusted source - a source like Loco Lapis. We’re claiming to provide 100% Lapis jewelry with no imitation being done on the stones. Our products come with a complete guarantee of weight and quality and in case of any problems, we’re offering a complete re-fund to our customer.

So beware of the imitators and don’t miss out on a chance to buy genuine Lapis Lazuli stones.





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Quality Guide
LOCO LAPIS LOGO

Lapis Lazuli Composition and Quality Grade

Lapis Lazuli is a semi precious stone that is formed with combination of different minerals naturally in form of crystalline marble. Main components of Lapis Lazuli are

  • Lazurite as main constituent forming original Blue color.

  • Pyrite as sprinkles giving patterns of golden color.

  • Calcite causing white color.


  • Royal blue Lapis sometimes with pyrite with no inclusions and no calcite

    Grade: AAA


  • Fine Quality Lapis Dark Blue color with pyrite and without calcite

    Grade: AA


  • Best Quality Lapis Dark Blue color with pyrite and some calcite

    Grade: A


  • Medium Quality Lapis Blue color with pyrite and some calcite outer and inner

    Grade: B


  • Low Quality Lapis Blue color with pyrite and a lot of calcite

    Grade: C

We sincerely hope that this guide is helpful and provides you with valuable information on the various quality grades Lapis Lazuli is being displayed on our store. All of the information that we’ve provided has been collected from various sources for your convenience. Feel free to find the best product for the best price. Happy Shopping, Good Luck..

Quality Guide
LOCO LAPIS LOGO

Lapis Lazuli Composition and Quality Grade

Lapis Lazuli is a semi precious stone that is formed with combination of different minerals naturally in form of crystalline marble. Main components of Lapis Lazuli are

  • Lazurite as main constituent forming original Blue color.

  • Pyrite as sprinkles giving patterns of golden color.

  • Calcite causing white color.


  • Royal blue Lapis sometimes with pyrite with no inclusions and no calcite

    Grade: AAA


  • Fine Quality Lapis Dark Blue color with pyrite and without calcite

    Grade: AA


  • Best Quality Lapis Dark Blue color with pyrite and some calcite

    Grade: A


  • Medium Quality Lapis Blue color with pyrite and some calcite outer and inner

    Grade: B


  • Low Quality Lapis Blue color with pyrite and a lot of calcite

    Grade: C

We sincerely hope that this guide is helpful and provides you with valuable information on the various quality grades Lapis Lazuli is being displayed on our store. All of the information that we’ve provided has been collected from various sources for your convenience. Feel free to find the best product for the best price. Happy Shopping, Good Luck..