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Lapis Lazuli Beads

Lapis Lazuli Beads - A close view of strands of lapis lazuli blue beads on display in a vendor stall of the open air market in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico. A famous gemstone from ancient times, it is actually a common stone that is available in most markets around the world. While some think the blue is very special, the blue tones are varied and many have impurities that change the color towards a yellow or green tone with the blue and are not usually a purple blue like the color cobalt.

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Taken on October 3, 2013