Lapis Lazuli Dices
“Lapis lazuli dice” refers to a set of gaming dice made from or featuring lapis lazuli gemstones. Lapis lazuli is a deep blue semi-precious stone that has been prized for its beauty and symbolism for thousands of years. It has been used in various forms of art and jewelry, and in recent times, it has found its way into the world of tabletop gaming as well.
Dice sets made from lapis lazuli are a luxurious and unique option for tabletop gamers, especially those who appreciate the beauty of natural gemstones. These dice sets typically include all the standard dice used in role-playing games, such as Dungeons & Dragons (D&D), including the following:
- D4 (four-sided die)
- D6 (six-sided die)
- D8 (eight-sided die)
- D10 (ten-sided die)
- D12 (twelve-sided die)
- D20 (twenty-sided die)
Each die is crafted from a piece of lapis lazuli and may be polished and shaped to ensure it rolls smoothly. The dice may vary in color and patterns due to the natural variations in lapis lazuli, making each set truly one-of-a-kind.
Since lapis lazuli is a semi-precious gemstone, lapis lazuli dice sets are likely to be more expensive than standard dice sets made from plastic or other materials commonly used in dice manufacturing. They are often considered a collector’s item or a special gift for someone passionate about both gaming and gemstones.
If you’re interested in purchasing lapis lazuli dice, you may find them in specialty gaming stores, online retailers, or through artisans and crafters who specialize in creating custom dice sets. Just keep in mind that the availability and pricing may vary depending on the quality of the lapis lazuli and the craftsmanship involved in creating the dice.
Physical Properties of Lapis Lazuli
Classification A metamorphic rock that contains enough of the mineral lazurite to impart a distinct blue color. It may also contain significant amounts of calcite, pyrite, and minor amounts of other minerals.
Color Blue. Often with white calcite veining or mottling, and gold grains of pyrite.
Luster Dull, but polishes to a bright luster.
Diaphaneity Semi-translucent to opaque.
Cleavage None, though it may split easily along foliation or calcite veins and layers.
Mohs Hardness Varies between the 3 of calcite and the 5 to 5.5 of lazurite. Not well suited for use as a ring stone or in bracelets.
Specific Gravity 2.7 to 2.9 or more depending upon the amount of pyrite
Diagnostic Properties Blue color, association with pyrite, and hardness.
Uses Cabochons, beads, carvings, spheres, inlay, and pigments.