Lapis Lazuli was among the first gemstones to be used as jewellery, and is a blue rock made up of several different minerals, including Lazurite, Sodalite, Hauyne, Calcite and Pyrite. The compositions and colour of Lapis Lazuli varies, but it is the intense dark blue, with minor patches of white Calcite and brassy yellow Pyrite, that is considered to be the best quality. The best quality Lapis Lazuli is from Afghanistan, where is has been mined for over 6000 years, and has been used in many famous pieces. Lapis Lazuli was used as a gemstone for millennia by the Egyptians: and was used to entomb and decorate Pharaohs. The mask of Tutankhamen has Lapis Lazuli inlay. As a stone of royalty and spirituality, it was unsurpassed.
The ancient Egyptian used Lapis Lazuli in scarabs, beads and pendants as far back as 3100 BC. In that civilization, it was also ground into a powder for use in medicine and as a cosmetic for eye shadow.
The ancient Greeks and Romans called the stone ‘sapphirus’ until its modern name came from the Persian word ‘lazhuward’ meaning ‘blue’, and the Arabic word ‘lazaward’ meaning ‘heaven’ or ‘sky’, came into use in Europe during the Middle Ages.
The mystical powers of Lapis are reputed to be many and varied, among which is the belief that it will protect the wearer from the ‘evil eye’. Wearing the stone influences and promotes psychic awareness by subduing the conscious mind. Lapis Lazuli is a stone of truth, encouraging truth in the spoken and written word and honesty in the spirit. This stone quickly released stress, bringing deep peace. It is said to posses enormous serenity and is the key to spiritual attainment.
This stone harmonizes the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels. In balance, the harmony brings deep inner self-knowledge. Lapis Lazuli encourages taking charge of life and helps you to confront the truth, wherever you find it, and to accept what it teaches.
Lapis Lazuli is said to help relieve depression, promote gentleness, gives courage to the fearful, dispels fantasies, protects children, confers peace and ensures fidelity between lovers. Wear it for all forms of deep communication, for example when you have a heart-to-heart with a loved one. It is also reputed to be a stone of friendship and can bring about harmony in any relationship and make it long lasting.
“Strong bull, great of horns, perfect in form, with long, flowing beard, bright as Lapis Lazuli.” Ancient Assyrian hymn to the Moon-God Sin.
For a stunning example of Lapis Lazuli columns, follow this link to St. Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia. There is also a link in the Malachite section to similar columns. This is a link
- Composition: Rock containing Lazurite and other minerals
- Structure: Various
- Hardness: 5.5
- Zodiac: Virgo.
- Birthstone: September
- Chakra: Throat and Brow
- Sources: Afghanistan, Russia, Chile, Italy, USA, Egypt, Middle East
- Empowerment: I can wait a little longer for fulfillment.