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Lapis Lazuli is an awe-inspiring blue gemstone that has been cherished and revered for thousands of years. 

Lapis Lazuli gets its name from two different sources; ‘Lapis’ from the Latin word for stone and ‘Lazhuward’ which is from the Persian word for blue.

This gemstone has been highly valued by ancient civilizations such as the Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks, who believed that it possessed mystical powers.

When I look at Lapis Lazuli, its various hues remind me of the colours you see when you look at those old photos of Earth taken from Apollo 17 in 1972.

It features mid to deep blue colour with flicks of white and a metallic brassy, yellow. (Calcite & Pyrite)

This breathtaking semi-precious gemstone is usually found in Afghanistan, but can also be found in Chile, Russia, and even in the United States. 

Lapis Lazuli has a rich history, fascinating physical properties, and many meanings and healing properties. In today’s blog post, we will learn all of these aspects of this beautiful stone.

FUN FACT: Lapis Lazuli is the official semi-precious birthstone of September and is most beneficial to those born under the Sagittarius Star Sign (Nov 23 – Dec 21) but is also relevant to the Pisces, Capricorn and Aquarius Star Signs. 

It is the traditional semi-precious gemstone gift for someone who is celebrating their 9th wedding anniversary.

The History of Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli’s history dates back thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians used this stone in their jewelry and believed it to have great power. 

They would also grind it up and use it as a pigment for their art and cosmetics. In fact, King Tutankhamun’s famous mask was inlaid with Lapis Lazuli. 

The ancient Greeks also believed that Lapis Lazuli had magical powers and would often carry it with them in the form of a talisman. 

The Romans used it for intaglio carvings, which are carvings that are created by cutting into a surface. 

During the Middle Ages, Lapis Lazuli was already being imported into Europe and was being ground into a pigment used in paint. This vibrant blue paint, called Ultramarine, was utilized by some of the most important & influential artists of the time. 

The Physical Properties of Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli is a beautiful blue gemstone that is often flecked with gold pyrite. 

Lapis Lazuli is considered a fairly soft stone because of its Moh’s hardness scale rating of 5 – 6. The stone has a specific gravity of 2.7-2.9 and is opaque. 

You will most often find Lapis Lazuli cut into cabochons, beads, and other shapes for use in jewelry. When Lapis Lazuli is polished, it has a beautiful luster and is often used as a decorative stone.

The Meaning & Healing Properties of Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli has many meanings and healing properties. 

It was believed to have magical powers and was used as a talisman, in ancient times. It was also believed to have healing powers and was used to treat a variety of ailments.

Known as the stone of “Wisdom and Truth”, Lapis Lazuli helps you to think critically and problem-solve with a calm mind. 

Lapis removes the dreaded mental fog you may be experiencing and helps you to stop thinking and talking about yourself in a negative way. 

Lapis Lazuli is said to be a stone of protection and is believed to help you overcome negative thoughts and emotions. 

It is also believed to help with stress and anxiety and is said to promote inner peace. 

Some people also believe that Lapis Lazuli can assist with physical ailments such as headaches, insomnia, and respiratory problems.

It also encourages you to take well-educated risks. You will feel less judgemental and more accepting when using this gemstone because it motivates you to rebuff a negative thought & turn it into a positive one

How Lapis Lazuli is Used

Lapis Lazuli is a versatile gemstone that can be used in a variety of ways, it is often used in jewelry and can be observed in so many different shapes and sizes. 

During the ancient and Middle Ages, you could often find gameboards, bowls, combs, amulets and dagger handles made out of Lapis Lazuli. 

It is also used in decorative items such as vases, boxes, and sculptures. 

Lapis Lazuli is sometimes used in architecture and can be found in buildings such as the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. 

It is also used in cosmetics and can be found in products such as eyeshadow and nail polish.

Some of Lapis Lazuli’s Health Benefits Include…

(FYI, this is in no way intended to replace medication &/or the care of a licensed healthcare professional)

  • Helps your respiratory & nervous system
  • Relieves general pain & inflammation
  • Lowers your blood pressure
  • Helps quiet depression

5 Interesting Facts about Lapis Lazuli…

  1. It was used as the eyebrows & in the collar on King Tut’s famous gold mask
  2. Lapis Lazuli is heavily favoured in Men’s jewelry
  3. Used for protection against stress & psychic harm
  4. If the colours are too bright in this stone, it’s a fake
  5. Lapis Lazuli is a gemstone that is usually much heavier than its imitators

Where to Buy Lapis Lazuli Jewelry

Lapis Lazuli jewelry is widely available at jewelry stores and online retailers. 

Here’s a quick link to the One Zero Eight Shop for these amazing Lapis Lazuli pieces…Simple Lapis EarringsDeluxe Lapis EarringsLapis Lazuli Bracelet

It can come in a variety of styles and price points, from simple stud earrings to elaborate necklaces and bracelets. 

You can also buy Lapis Lazuli jewelry from local artisans at craft fairs and such, but you’ll have to be on the lookout for fake Lapis Lazuli. 

How to Identify Imitation Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli is a beautiful blue gemstone that has been used in jewelry and other decorative objects for thousands of years. Unfortunately, due to its high value, there are many imitations of Lapis Lazuli available in the market. 

Imitation Lapis Lazuli is usually Sodalite, Azurite, Calcite or even dyed Howlite.

Here are a few tips to help you identify imitation Lapis Lazuli.

To begin your investigation, observe the colour of the stone. Genuine Lapis Lazuli has a deep, intense blue colour with flecks of gold-coloured pyrite. 

It contains no natural patterns and has random veining in it.

If the stone is a lighter blue or lacks the golden flecks (Pyrite is impossible to fake), it is likely an imitation. 

Next, check for any visible cracks or irregularities. Real Lapis Lazuli is a relatively soft stone and can easily develop cracks or chips. If the surface seems too smooth or perfect, it may not be genuine. 

Lapis Lazuli has an opaque appearance and remains cool to the touch for a long period of time. 

If you want to see if you are holding an imitation Lapis, rub the surface with a Q-tip that has a wee bit of nail polish remover (acetone) on it. If it’s an imitation stone, the dye will come off onto the Q-tip.

You can avoid purchasing imitation Lapis Lazuli by following these simple tips and ensuring that you are getting a high-quality gemstone.

How to Care for Lapis Lazuli Jewelry

Lapis Lazuli is a relatively soft stone, meaning it can scratch and chip easily. To care for Lapis Lazuli jewelry, you should try to avoid wearing it during activities that could cause it damage such as sports or household chores.

Additionally, avoid exposing it to harsh chemicals or high temperatures and clean it regularly with a soft cloth. For more information on caring for your gemstone jewelry, try reading The 5 Best Ways to Take Care of Your Gemstone Bracelets OR The Essential Guide to Cleansing Your Gemstone Bracelets.

Frequently Asked Questions about Lapis Lazuli

Q: What is Lapis Lazuli?

A: Lapis Lazuli is a deep blue metamorphic rock that has been sought for centuries for its intense colour and beautiful appearance. It is mostly made up of the mineral called lazurite, along with several other minerals such as calcite and pyrite. (Both of which are very distinguishable on the surface of the gemstone.)

Q: Where is Lapis Lazuli found?

A: Lapis Lazuli is found primarily in Afghanistan, but it can also be found in other parts of the world such as Chile, Russia, and Canada. However, the highest quality Lapis Lazuli typically comes from Afghanistan.

Q: What is Lapis Lazuli used for?

A: Lapis Lazuli has been found in jewelry, decorative objects, and even as a pigment for painting for centuries. In addition to its aesthetic uses, Lapis Lazuli has also been used for its healing properties and is believed by some to have spiritual significance.

Q: What makes Lapis Lazuli valuable?

A: The value of Lapis Lazuli is primarily based on its colour and quality. The most valuable Lapis Lazuli is a deep, rich blue with minimal pyrite inclusions. The stone’s rarity and cultural significance also contribute to its value.

Q: Where can I buy Lapis Lazuli beads?

A: You have several choices on where to buy Lapis Lazuli; be it beads, jewelry or home décor. You can shop online (I use Pandahall.com, LBeads.com, ibeadcanada.com and when I’m in a hurry, Amazon) or a speciality gemstone store. 

Lapis Lazuli is not only a gemstone but also a captivating journey through time, an embodiment of beauty, wisdom, and transformation that has been cherished throughout the ages.

As we trace the steps of Lapis Lazuli throughout history, its significance becomes a narrative that spans civilizations and cultures. From ancient Egyptian tombs, where it adorned the pharaohs, to the contemporary world where it graces jewelry and decorative objects, Lapis Lazuli is more than a gemstone; it’s a testament to the enduring fascination with its deep blue hues and golden flecks.

Beyond its aesthetic appeal, Lapis Lazuli is a gemstone that whispers secrets of ancient wisdom and carries an energy that transcends the physical realm. It becomes a symbolic talisman, not merely a decoration but a conduit for deeper meaning and spiritual connection. Whether you find solace in believing in its magical powers or appreciate its inherent beauty, Lapis Lazuli is an enchanting gemstone that beckons you into its world of mystery and transformation.

In essence, Lapis Lazuli becomes a life-transforming gemstone, gently nudging you towards a more positive mindset and action. Its influence extends beyond the facets of belief, for in its deep blue depths, it invites introspection and a call to embrace positivity. Anyone who encounters Lapis Lazuli, whether wearing it or placed as a decorative centrepiece, is touched by its transformative energy, inviting a shift towards a more optimistic and enlightened perspective.

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AugustPeridot
SeptemberLapis Lazuli
OctoberPink Tourmaline
NovemberCitrine
DecemberTurquoise
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In embracing Lapis Lazuli, you open the door to a world where beauty intertwines with meaning and where the positive energies it radiates become a guiding force in your journey of self-discovery and personal growth. This gemstone is not just an adornment; it’s a beacon of positivity, urging you to reflect, act, and embrace the transformative power that lies within its enchanting depths.

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