Where Does Lapis Lazuli Come From?


While lapis lazuli is primarily mined in Afghanistan, strains of the blue stone are found in the Americas — as far north as Canada and as far south as Chile and Argentina.

Most lapis deposits are found in California and Colorado in the United States. The Big Horn Mine, located near Wrightwood in California, is the primary source of lapis lazuli. In addition, lapis lazuli is also mined in Crested Butte, Colorado.

Individuals should hunt for lapis lazuli in locations where known sources of crystallized limestone and marble are found, as it is frequently discovered alongside them. For individuals who enjoy traveling while mining as a pastime, Russia, Siberia, Pakistan, India, Burma, and Italy all have veins of lapis lazuli.