Introduction Lapis Lazuli or Lazuli stone.
The beautiful, blue stone called Lapis lazuli. Lapis is named after the Persian word ‘Lazhward’ for blue (Arabic and Latin – blue stone). It has a very distinctive blue color (due to Lazurite). A lot of pyrite causes a dull, greenish tint. Variously described as indigo, royal, royal, midnight, or marine blue, lapis lazuli’s signature hue is slightly greenish blue to violets blue, medium to dark in tone, and highly saturated.
This ancient Lapis rock is an aggregate of several minerals. The three major minerals that comprise lapis are lazurite, calcite, and pyrite.
- Mineral: Rock
- Chemical composition: An aggregate
- Color: Lazur blue, violet, greenish-blue
- Refractive index: 1.500, sometimes 1.670
- Birefringence: None
- Specific gravity: 2.50 to 3.00
Where Is It Found?
Lapis Lazuli natural stone history
Lapis lazuli has been popular through most of recorded human history. The finest Lapis Lazuli has always been found in Afghanistan.
Mining for lapis occurred in the Badakhshan Province of northeastern Afghanistan as early as 7000 BC. The lapis was used to make beads, small jewelry items and small sculptures. These have been found at Neolithic archaeological sites dating back to about 3000 BC in Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. The traveler Marco Polo visited them in 1271.
Lapis lazuli appears in many Egyptian archaeological sites that date back to about 3000 BC. It was used in many ornamental objects and jewelry. Powdered lapis was used as a cosmetic and a pigment. These mines were the source of Ancient Egypts’ Lapis and are still used to this day.
The mines are extremely remote, at a height of 11,000 – 16,000 feet. It is difficult to get heavy machinery to them. Pack animals are still used to carry the Lapis Lazuli to markets in Kabul, Afghanistan or North Pakistan.
During the Middle Ages Lapis lazuli started to be seen in Europe.
Lapis lazuli stone meaning.
One of the most powerful gemstones in the mineral kingdom. The meaning of lapis lazuli associated with the third eye chakra, the energy center that processes the essence of your inner spirit and “inner voice” . Known as “The Wisdom Keeper,” Lapis Lazuli is an ideal stone for setting intentions that involve truth, awareness, and intuition.
Lapis healing stone & Benefits
The color Blue has been associated with peace and tranquility. Lapis Lazuli promotes peace of mind and soul for the wearer.
Lapis stone is highly recommended for people dealing with insomnia and depression. It’s eases pain, especially migraines. It benefits the respiratory and nervous systems. It’s known as to give off a calming and soothing effect, promotes peaceful sleep by simulating peaceful thoughts.
Lapis lazuli reduces the effects of inflammatory diseases. Use this stone after surgery or when healing from a sprained or strained muscle or ligament.
The stone is believed to open the throat chakra or the 5th energy body point. Placing the stone over your throat while meditating (wearing a lapis necklace) can facilitate in unblocking of Throat Chakra – promoting clear communication and self-expression.
Apart from the Throat Chakra, it’s also associated the stone with Third-Eye Chakra or the 6th Chakra. Whiles opening the Third-Eye Chakra, it assembles a uniquely strong bond between physical and inner worlds. That’s why it is excessively recommended to unlock forgotten memories.
Numerous sources have promoted the effects of Lapis stone is promoting cleaning and positive communication – opening the barriers for respectful, clear and ingenuous communication. Lapis lazuli is very helpful with children and adults who are highly intelligent. Lapis beads or necklace can facilitate in relieving patients suffering from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease. There’s also a belief that the Lapis stone is a great way to help people who have speech disorders.
Lapis Lazuli Associations
- Chakras – Throat Chakra, Third Eye Chakra
- Birthstone – September
- Zodiac – Taurus, Virgo, Libra, Sagittarius
- Element – Water
- Vibration – Number 3