Also known as Lapis or Lazulite.
Colour: The colour is dark blue with gold flecks.
Found in: mainly in Afghanistan (where it has been mined for over 7000 years), Angola, Canada, Chile, Italy, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and the US.
History: Since the days of ancient Egypt, Lapis Lazuli has been prized as a stone of royalty, from decorating the pillars of castles to adorning royalty. The Greeks and Romans considered it to be an aphrodisiac. The word Lapis comes from the Latin for stone. The stone is not to be confused with Lazurite, as these are two completely different stones. When first arriving in the UK, the stone was called “Ultramarinum”, which meant “beyond the sea”. It was also powdered and used then used as a paint. In the 17th Century it was used as a medicine which was alleged to prevent miscarriage, cure epilepsy and allay dementia. Because of this, at some points in history, lapis was as expensive as gold. Made from a combination of minerals, including lazurite, calcite, and pyrite, Lapis Lazuli is said to have been in existence since the birth of time, and was used by ancient Hebrews on ceremonial robes.
It is a stone associated with truthfulness, openness, inner power, love, purification, intuition and self-confidence and tranquillity. This stone is also considered to strengthen both mind and body and it purifies the soul and the thoughts. Lapis can assist courage, bring insight, strength, clarity and compassion. This stone resembles the starry night sky, provides insight into dreams, and aids in the organisation of everyday life.
Lapis is a vibrant cheerful stone considered to strengthen the bonds of love and fidelity between lovers and friends. It is uplifting, soothing and calming, bestowing self-confidence and bringing a gentle, helpful frame of mind. It encourages kindness and helpfulness as well as giving confidence in shy people; it also calms emotions and promotes peace in meditation. Lapis can help one to have a cheerful attitude and lift depression. Good for balancing the Throat Chakra, Lapis reminds us of the power of the spoken word, fosters full verbal expression, and clears problems caused by “swallowing your tongue.” Lapis encourages clear expression when sharing information with others, including easier communication of anger. The stone is a good one for families and is good to avoid double-dealing in the workplace.
Health: Said to be a good all-round stone, but is particularly linked with the easing of anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, autism and shyness. Good with those temporary hearing problems, or deafness. Reduces inflammation, eases headaches, backache, migraine and problems of the brain, it strengthens the nervous system, and issues of the lymph glands. Tape against a fractured limb for at least 30 minutes a day to improve healing.
Chakra: Third Eye. It shields from negative energy, and returns the negativity back to its source. Opens the the Throat chakra to aid self-expression.
Starsign: Sagittarius, Libra.
Fake names: artificial jasper is often dyed in blue colour and sold as Swiss lapis, False lapis, German lapis and German Lapis. Other trade names are Nevada lapis, Faience lapis, Italian lapis, Copper lapis and Canadian lapis.
REFERENCES & BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Geigner M (2007): Healing Crystals
Oldershaw C (2007): Philip’s Guide to Gems
Scott MJ & Mariani G (2002): Crystal Healing for Animals
American Mineralogist (1985): 70: 411-413.
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