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Lapis lazuli by Velvet--Glove Lapis lazuli by Velvet--Glove
Created with Ultra Fractal 5.02.

The inspiration for this came from a necklace pendant that I have, a simple teardrop shaped piece of Lapis lazuli. I thought an iterated teardrop fractal based on this would be an interesting challenge.

I have learned a couple of interesting things about this beautiful blue rock. The very finest examples are found in the Kokcha River valley in northeastern Afghanistan, where it has been actively mined for over six thousand years, which I find astonishing. And secondly, until the early 19th century, when synthetic alternatives became available, this material was used as a blue art paint pigment known as Ultramarine, created by grinding the stone to a powder and removing any impurities. I think we sometimes forget the extreme lengths people went to to get such vibrant paint colours centuries ago. :faint:

:bulletgreen: Other images in this jewel series that you might enjoy can be found in my Fractal Jewels gallery here: Link

Jewel of the Nile by Velvet--Glove Boudica's Blood by Velvet--Glove Moonstone Artefact by Velvet--Glove Age of Elegance by Velvet--Glove

We all need more time so to anyone who may 'fave and run' on this piece or any other: I thank you in advance. :heart:
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:iconteremiao:
Teremiao Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! :)
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:iconvelvet--glove:
Velvet--Glove Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015
Thanks very much. :aww: :heart:
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:iconteremiao:
Teremiao Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! :)
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CaptainMockingjay42 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Student General Artist
very pretty :)
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:iconvelvet--glove:
Velvet--Glove Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014
Thanks very much for the fave, I'm happy you like it! Aww :iconspreadmoreloveplz:
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Tareebi Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
I bow at your power
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Velvet--Glove Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
:aww: Thank you for your comment and for so many :+fav:s today. :iconflowerheartplz:
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jhantares Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
fantastic work
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:iconvelvet--glove:
Velvet--Glove Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
I'm glad you think so, thank you so much! Aww :iconspreadmoreloveplz:
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AnnaLena250199 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very beautiful :)
I love the color blue :D
Nice work :squee:
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:iconvelvet--glove:
Velvet--Glove Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Thanks very much for the compliment and fave, I'm happy it appealed to you! :aww: :iconspreadmoreloveplz:
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:iconannalena250199:
AnnaLena250199 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are very welcome :love:
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WNaturalism Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Very very magical fractal! so impressive work!!! love it!!!
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:iconvelvet--glove:
Velvet--Glove Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Thanks very much for the compliment! :aww:
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Gorgeous! I love Lapis lazuli! :iconloveblueplz:
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:iconvelvet--glove:
Velvet--Glove Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Thanks very much. :aww: :heart:
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ChristopheP Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
astonishing :D
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:iconvelvet--glove:
Velvet--Glove Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Thank you, I'm glad you like it! Thanks too for the :+fav:. :aww: :heart:
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:iconchrisma60:
Chrisma60 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your wonderful work is featured in my journal [link] :heart:
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nhiaChan Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this piece, beautiful artwork. ^^
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:iconvelvet--glove:
Velvet--Glove Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
Great! Thanks very much for fav'ing! :aww:
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DennisBoots Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
Beautiful design and colors!
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:iconvelvet--glove:
Velvet--Glove Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
Thanks, glad you like it! Thanks too for the faves today. :aww: :heart:
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SHACKACM Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Wonderful colors, good job!
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:iconvelvet--glove:
Velvet--Glove Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Thanks very much for the compliment and for adding this to your :+fav:s! :aww:
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HopeSwings777 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Gorgeous.
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:iconvelvet--glove:
Velvet--Glove Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Thank you! :aww:
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MaryAllflowers Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
Incredible I adore your work!
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:iconvelvet--glove:
Velvet--Glove Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Thanks very much. :aww: :heart:
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shadowsand Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
A lot of these are really stunning! (I'm one of those fav and runs right now, but do know I am fully enjoying your work and faving it to look more closely at later :) )

Your designs are very intricate, so even though it is very pleasing right away, it continues deeper, which can cause the eye to want to look at it a lot longer. The color choices are very appealing and can stir many different emotions. I collect gems myself, and these are just as incredible to look at as any gems in real life. Amazing work!
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:iconvelvet--glove:
Velvet--Glove Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
Thank you so much for your lovely comment! It pleases me enormously that others enjoy these jewel designs as much as I enjoy finding and making them.

What you are probably picking up on is the inherent intricacy that comes from this being a fractal image. What I can't show you (without going to extreme lengths of animation) is the ability to zoom into any one of the spirals shown here, and to go deeper and deeper, with absolutely no loss of detail (unlike enlarging a photograph or other digital image which just gets pixelated and meaningless if you zoom in too far). This fractal universe, as it were, is what grips and fascinates me. What's more, all the forms are reminiscent of what we see every day in the world of nature all around us and just "feel" so harmonious and pleasing to the eye. I just love it all! :D
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Foxkatt Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
I love your color choices. I'm gonna HAVE to learn UF after seeing your gorgeous stuff!
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Velvet--Glove Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
Thanks very much! :aww:
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jazzilady Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really beautiful, I love the colors of Lapis!! :D
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:iconvelvet--glove:
Velvet--Glove Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
Thank you! And yes, it is a beautiful colour. :nod:

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jazzilady Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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sl3521 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
looks great!
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Velvet--Glove Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Thank you. :D
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MonochromeDestiny Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work! <3
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Velvet--Glove Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
Thanks very much! :aww:
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MonochromeDestiny Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Anytime! C:
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auntDevi Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
Beautiful lapis. Love the stuff! Nice one. :aww:
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Velvet--Glove Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
Thank you. :aww:
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carlx Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
Wonderful composition!!!
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:iconvelvet--glove:
Velvet--Glove Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
Thanks a lot! :D
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Don64738 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely awesome!
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Velvet--Glove Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
Thanks, glad you like it! :)
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Don64738 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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LexariaIvy Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
So Beautiful :heart:
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Velvet--Glove Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
Thank you. :aww: :heart:
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